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245, Lot: 63. Estimate $500.
Sold for $1200. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THRACO-MACEDONIAN REGION, Siris. Circa 525-480 BC. AR Stater (18mm, 9.53 g). Satyr right, seizing nymph; pellets around / Quadripartite incuse square divided diagonally. HPM pl. VIII, 1-7; SNG Copenhagen 187; SNG ANS -. VF, porous, test cut.

From the N.T. Collection.

The original attribution of this series to Lete was based on an incorrect reading in the 19th century of a late, inscribed issue. Svoronos later identified an example he read as CIRINON (in retrograde), for the town of Siris (modern Serres). Later numismatists doubted his reading, most thinking the faint “letters” were actually die breaks. An exceptional, obviously inscribed, example in Leu 81 (lot 147), clearly shows that Svoronos’ reading was correct.