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2470099

Rare and Interesting Issue Prior to Erasure of Magistrate's Name ...

247, Lot: 99. Estimate $150.
Sold for $150. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

MEGARIS, Megara. Mid 2nd-early 1st centuries BC. Æ Tetrachalkon (20mm, 6.09 g, 10h). Nikios, magistrate. Laureate head of Apollo right; MEΓA[PEΩN] behind / EΠI NIKIOV, kithara. BCD Peloponnesos 33 (this coin); Kroll -; SNG Copenhagen -. Near VF, rough brown patina. Extremely rare and interesting.


From Collection C.P.A. Ex BCD Collection (LHS 96, 8-9 May 2006), lot 33.

From the BCD catalogue: “Magistrate’s names rarely appear on the coinage of Megara, but this issue was especially unusual. On this coin the ethnic was transferred to the obverse so that the Nikios who signed this coin would have enough room to place his name on the reverse. This change in design must not have been appreciated: the authorities seem to have ordered the name to be erased from the die, which then continued to be used to strike more coins.”

From the same dies as the following lot, but prior to erasure.