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The Coinage of Ainos

Triton XXII, Lot: 161. Estimate $15000.
Sold for $12000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THRACE, Ainos. Circa 425/4-423/2 BC. AR Tetradrachm (22mm, 16.25 g, 4h). Head of Hermes left, wearing petasos with pelleted rim / Goat standing left, lowering its head to smell a lily plant to left; AIN above; all within incuse square. May, Ainos 205 (A120/P142) = Ars Classica XIII, no. 579 corr. (rev. type); HGC 3, 1268. EF, iridescent toning, some porosity. Extremely rare, the second known of this issue, and the only one with clear types.

From the Gasvoda Collection. Ex Friend of a Scholar Collection (CNG inventory 405839); Münzen und Medaillen AG 73 (17 October 1988), lot 42.

The previous known example, from Ars Classica XIII, is horribly preserved, with some tooling on the reverse obscuring the bent foreleg of the goat as well as the flower.