Laos

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Coin

Circa 470/60-453 BC. AR Nomos (20mm, 8.12 g, 4h). LAS (retrograde), man-headed bull standing left, head reverted; acorn in exergue / LAS (retrograde), man-headed bull standing right. Sternberg 15 (V11/R9); SNG ANS 136 (same dies); SNG Copenhagen -; HN Italy 2277; Kraay & Hirmer 216 (same dies). (CNG, Coin Shop, 161405)

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loas

 

 

 

 

 

Circa 490/80-470 BC. AR Nomos (17mm, 8.06 g, 9h). L-A-S (retrograde), man-headed bull standing left, head reverted / LAS (retrograde), man-headed bull standing right. Sternberg 9 (V8/R8); SNG ANS 135 (same dies); SNG Copenhagen 1146 (same obv. die); HN Italy 2275; SNG München 920 (same dies); Weber 728 (same dies). (Image Source: Barry Murphy)

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Coin

Circa 480-460 BC. AR Nomos (8.03 gm, 12h). MON, man-headed bull standing left, head reverted / SAL, man-headed bull right. Sternberg 7 (V6/R6); SNG ANS 133 var. (obverse legend, same reverse die); SNG Copenhagen 1146 var. (same); HN Italy 2275. (CNG, Triton VIII, 29)

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Niggeler 1965_49 Jameson 255 8,03

 

 

 

 

 

Sternberg no. 8 (V7/R7), citing Jameson255, Niggeler I 49

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9753

As Sybaris refounded. Triobol, about 453. AR 1.15 g. VM Man-headed, bearded bull l., head turned r.; in field l., traces of the erased legend (?AL). Rev. Acorn, in field l., VM H. R. Sternberg, Die Silberprägung von Laos ca. 510-440 v. Chr., Proceedings of the 8th International Congress of Numismatics New York -Washington 1973 (1976), cf. 158, 20 (same obv. die, rev. with ?AL) and 157, 16 (same dies, but with legends LA? on both sides). Unpublished and unique. (THE NEW YORK SALE, IV, 24)

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Coin

Circa 510-500 BC. AR Nomos (7.82 g, 12h). Man-headed bull standing right, head reverted; ΛAFE above / Incuse of obverse; NOM above. Sternberg Series I, 1.8 (V1/R1) = BMC 1 = GPCG p. 10, 6 (this coin); Gorini 4; HN Italy 2270; SNG ANS 122; SNG Lloyd 287; Basel 123; Traité I 2101 = de Luynes 443; Jameson 254; Weber 727 (all from the same dies). (CNG, Triton XIII, 20)

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laos

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drachm, 510-500 BC. Obv. Bull right, with bearded male head turned back, on ground-line of dots between two lines; above, ethnic ΛAFZ (Iawi); border of dots between two linear circles. Rev. Same type incuse; no legend. HN Italy 2271. AG. g. 2.35 mm. 17.00 RRRR.  (Artemide, XXXIX, lot 51)

Laus, on the river of the same name, was a Sybarite colony founded at the point where one of the overland routes from Sybaris reached the Tyrrhenian Sea. After the destruction of Sybaris, BC 510, a portion of the Sybarite refugees took up their residence there. On the relationship between the coinages of Laus and Sybaris in the fifth century, see C.M. Kraay, ‘The coinage of Sybaris after 510’, NC 1958, pp. 13-37. This specimen is probably the fifth known. Three specimens are in public collections: the first (2.35 g.) Berlin Inv. 7441. Beschr. 338,4. Tf. 13; the second (2.16 g.) Paris, ex de Luynes 444. E. Babelon, Traitè, II/1, 2102, Tf. 68.2; the third (2.15g.) Providence Inv. 40.015-154, ex Greene. The fourth specimen published by G. Giacosa, RIN 1982, pp. 95-100, Fig. 3.

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167202

1/3 Stater, nach 453. LAS (retrograd) mannsköpfiger Stier n.l. Rv. wie Avers, n.r. SNG Cop. 1147. 2,67g. (Frank Sternberg AG 23, 82)

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78914

 

 

 

 

 

Obol (0,44g) ca. 480 – 460 v.Chr. Vs.: ΛΑ, frontaler Stierkopf mit menschlichen Gesichtszügen. Rs.: Eichel. HN Italy 2280.

Das Reversbild “Eichel” taucht auch auf zeitgleichen Prägungen aus Sybaris auf. Möglicherweise war dieses Bild für die Sybariten, die nach der Zerstörung ihrer Stadt in großer Zahl in Laos Aufnahme gefunden hatten, als sprechendes Zeichen zu verstehen, denn nach einer Überlieferung des Pausanias hatte das griechische Wort für Eichel βαλακρος
im Korsischen die Bedeutung “Zuflucht”. Vgl. Kommentar ANS zu Nr.138.  (Gorny and Mosch, Auction 165, lot 1053)

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171116

 

 

 

 

 

Laus. Drachm after 453, AR 2.65 g. Man-headed bull r., head reverted. Rev. Man-headed bull l.
Apparently unique and unrecorded. Toned and VF (NAC Auction O, 1100)

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6 Responses to Laos

  1. John L Gomer says:

    My only other man-faced bull type is a Laos stater from the NYINC last month. Ed Waddell had recently acquired it and I didn’t hesitate to purchase it as they seem to be very rare. It is the second type listed on your LAOS page (Sternberg 9, etc.). It was purchased from CNG inventory in 2006:
    http://www.cngcoins.com/Search.aspx?IS_ADVANCED=1&ITEM_IS_SOLD=1&ITEM_INVENTORY_NUMBER=161406&CONTAINER_NAME=&ITEM_LOT_NUMBER=&ITEM_DESC=&SEARCH_IN_CONTAINER_TYPE_ID_1=1&VIEW_TYPE=0

    • njmolinari says:

      That’s another fantastic coin. If you paid anything near the CNG price (which was low, IMO) you got a great deal.

  2. John L Gomer says:

    I paid $1,800, but I don’t see them offered very often and I am glad to have it.

    • njmolinari says:

      Anything under $2000 is a good price. Sometimes CNG posts some real bargains. I’d certainly pay $1,800 if I had the available funds at the time. If you get tired of it, let me know!

  3. John L Gomer says:

    Here is a type you don’t have listed for Laos, with the obverse bull standing right and looking left, and the reverse bull facing left:
    http://www.acsearch.info/search.html?id=171116
    It is described as a drachm and as “apparently unique and unrecorded.”

  4. njmolinari says:

    Thanks, John. Well spotted.

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