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Professor Samuel Pozzi, 1846-1918

He was born in Bergarac, France in 1846. He became a pioneer in the fledgling field of gynecology and published a standard work on the subject in 1890. He was part of the cultural scene in Paris and was an associate or friend of Sarah Bernhardt, Marcel Proust, and Emile Zola. He was murdered by a disgruntled patient in 1918. His collection of Greek coins was among the finest ever assembled. A selection of the best pieces from his collection was sold at the first Ars Classica auction in Lucerne in 1921.

(2 coins)

55085 Order
Celtic, Danubian, Ex: Pozzi and Cahn

AR Tetradrachm, 13.56g. 23mm. c.2nd century B.C. "Audoleon type". Stylized laureate head of Zeus to right. Rev. Stylized horseman to right wearing plumed helmet; pellet below; counter-stamp of triskeles below horse. Pozzi (Boutin) 100 (this coin). Kostial 704-705. Fine Celtic style and lovely old cabinet toning. The reverse die is particularly well detailed with even the horse's teeth being visible in the open mouth.

Provenance/Pedigrees

Ex: Pozzi collection, Naville, Lucerne, Auction 1, March 14, 1921, lot 30.
Ex: Adolph Cahn, Frankfurt, Auction 60, July 2, 1928, lot 2229.
Ex: Adolph Cahn, Frankfurt, Auction 75, May 30, 1932, lot 235.

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good Very Fine $3,750.00

55509 Order
Bar Kochba, Zuz, ex: Pozzi and Mildenberg plate

AR Zuz, 3.11g. 19mm. Undated, attributed to year 3=134/135 A.D. Paleo-Hebrew, "Simon" within wreath. Rev. Paleo-Hebrew, "For the freedom of Jerusalem." One-handled fluted jug to right. Mildenberg 78.3(this coin illustrated). Hendin 1418. Toned and with exceptional detail on the reverse in high relief.

Provenance/Pedigrees

Ex: Pozzi collection, Naville, Geneva, Auction 1, March 14, 1921, lot 3088.

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Very Fine/Extremely Fine $2,700.00

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