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Exceptional Sidon
Possibly Issued in Philistia

Triton XIX, Lot: 295. Estimate $10000.
Sold for $6500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

PHOENICIA, Sidon. temp. Ba`alšillem (Sakton) I-Ba’ana. Circa 425-401 BC. AR Dishekel (31mm, 27.08 g, 12h). Contemporary (Philistian?) imitation. Phoenician galley left before city wall with five towers; two lions standing outward in exergue / King of Persia and driver in chariot drawn by two horses galloping left; behind, attendant standing left; below, incuse goat running left; all within dotted circle within incuse circle. For prototype, cf. E&E-S Group III.1; cf. Betlyon 17; cf. HGC 10, 221. EF, lightly toned, a few light cleaning marks, a couple spots of find patina, minor surface crack on obverse. Exceptional detail for imitative issue.

Ex Hunter Collection (Goldberg 72, 5 February 2013), lot 4089.