CIMMERIAN BOSPOROS, Theodoseia.
|CNG 84, Lot: 570. Estimate $500.
Sold for $950. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.
Circa 360-340 BC. Æ (11mm, 1.76 g). Head of Apollo(?) right / Six pointed star. Frolova, frühe
, Type VI, 11-12 var. (uncertain dies); MacDonald 96; SNG BM Black Sea -; SNG Stancomb -. VF, dark brown patina, some tooling and smoothing. Extremely rare.
From the Alex Shubs Collection.
Frolova located only two examples of this type, both of which are very poorly preserved, particularly on the obverse. Both Frolova and MacDonald list the obverse head as being laureate or wreathed, but the photos of the coins are inconclusive. At the same time, even though the present coin exhibits some tooling, it is not so pervasive as to cover any indication of a wreath. Therefore, it is likely that the two coins cataloged by Frolova also do not have wreathes, and any indication of such may only be an effect of their condition of wear.