Not just exceedingly rare, but also of the greatest historical importance, the coin silver decadrachm of Acragas (modern day Agrigento, Sicily) which has been described as the notable masterpiece of ancient art has now come on the auction blocks, where it’s expected to fetch an astounding amount of $1.8 million. Promoted as the undisputed highlight of the sale which is scheduled to be held in Zurich on Oct. 17th, where world-wide coin collectors will get to grab various ancient Roman and Greek coins offered by Numismatica Ars Classica, this prestigious silver Greek coin was originally struck at a time of Sicily's turmoil, which happened just prior to a Carthaginian invasion back in 406 B.C. However, back in 1990, the coin was sold for a record price of $572,000.
Notably, the sale will comprise of a total of 411 coins which were originally held in the fabled collections of the Hunts and Archer M. Huntington, and are now expected to fetch a total of over $6.3 million.
And, a umber of the rarest coins offered on sale are of the highest level of artistry, which was certainly a key component in the ancient Greek coin market.
Speaking about the rarest coins, we have earlier seen the sale of some of the world's most expensive coins, including the rare $3 gold coin found in a book which was expected to sell for $4 million, the 1873 US dime which sells for $1.6 million, a rare 1793 penny which sells for over $1 million, and the historic 1792 Silver Center cent which was expected to garner about $1,000,000.