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Sale: CNG 76, Lot: 137. Estimate $300. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 12 September 2007. 
Sold For $330. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

SICILY, Naxos. Circa 461-430 BC. AR Litra (0.43 g, 5h). Wreathed and bearded head of Dionysos right / Grape bunch with leaves and tendrils. Cf. Cahn 92-6 (head left); cf. SNG ANS 522. VF, toned. Very rare, unrecorded by Cahn.

From Collection C.G. Ex Classical Numismatic Group 47 (16 September 1998), lot 106.

The style of the reverse type clearly places this coin within the cited small series, but all previously known obverses in this series are with head left. Perhaps this coin is a transitional issue with the obverse type of the previous series.