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Sale: Triton XII, Lot: 129. Estimate $25000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 5 January 2009. 
Sold For $18000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THRACE, Dikaia. Circa 515-480 BC. AR Distater (19.54 g). Bearded head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin / Quadripartite incuse square. Cf. Schönert-Geiss, Bisanthe 1-5 (unlisted dies); cf. May, Dikaia 13-15; cf. Traité II 1767-8; SNG Copenhagen -; cf. Boston MFA 577; cf. Weber 2353. Near EF, lightly toned. Well centered on a broad flan. Very rare.

Distaters of Dikaia are quite rare, with only seven examples known to Schönert-Geiss at the time of her study in 1975. The present example differs in style from those cataloged by Schönert-Geiss, but is very similar to her latest issue of staters (her no. 17 = Pozzi 1059).