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CNG 106, Lot: 68. Estimate $2000.
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THRACE, Apollonia Pontika. Late 5th-4th centuries BC. AR Tetradrachm (19mm, 16.67 g, 1h). Zopyros, magistrate. Laureate head of Apollo right / Upright anchor; A and crayfish flanking, [Z]ΩΠYPOΣ to left; all within shallow incuse square. Cf. Topalov, Apollonia 50 (for type) and pp. 374-5, 13 (for this magistrate); otherwise unpublished. Near EF, lightly toned, flan a little compact. Very rare.

Ex Classical Numismatic Group 88 (14 September 2011), lot 48; Gorny & Mosch 191 (11 October 2010), lot 1160.

Although this magistrate is known for this series, on all previously known coins the name is inscribed to the left of the anchor, not the right as here. Also, Topalov only records the magistrate as Zopyro-, but in the four examples he cites, the end of the legend (Σ) is off the flan.