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CNG 106, Lot: 290. Estimate $200.
Sold for $320. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

CIMMERIAN BOSPOROS, Pantikapaion. Circa 400-375 BC. AR Tetartemorion (6.5mm, 0.19 g). Ant / Quadripartite incuse square with A-Π-O-Λ in quarters. Frolova, frühe, Type XXXII (hemitetartemoria); Anokhin 1142; MacDonald 22; HGC 7, 155. VF, toned, weakly struck. Very rare.

This coin is part of a multi-denominational series of coins struck at Pantikapaion in the early 4th century BC. Based on the legend, numismatists once attributed these to a city of Apollonia in the Bosporos, but later research has shown that these are likely issues of Pantikapaion that are associated with that city’s famous temple of Apollo Prostates. All of these issues have parallel types in the coinage signed with the ethnic of Pantikapaion.