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Sale: Triton XI, Lot: 449. Estimate $500. 
Closing Date: Monday, 7 January 2008. 
Sold For $725. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

CORINTHIA, Corinth. Pseudo-autonomous issue. 34-31 BC. Æ As (6.76 g, 8h). Q. Caecilius Niger and C. Heius Pam, duoviri. Head of Aphrodite right, hair pulled back in ponytail, wearing pearl necklace / L • CAECIL • NIGR/ C • HEIO P AM (AM ligate) above, II VIR in exergue, Bellerophon on Pegasus flying right, holding spear in right hand and preparing to strike the Chimaera standing left below. RPC I 1128 var. (ethnic on obv.); Amandry VIc (unlisted dies); cf. BCD Corinth 329; BMC 496-7 var. (same); cf. Lanz 97, lot 267. Good VF, dark green patina with traces of olive overtones, adjustment marks on reverse, a hint of smoothing on the obverse, but not enough to remove every trace of ethnic were it there in the first place. Apparently unique without the obverse ethnic.

From the Patrick Villemur Collection.