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Triton XXII, Lot: 184. Estimate $2000.
Sold for $1200. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

MACEDON, Potidaia. Circa 479-450 BC. AR Tetradrachm (24.5mm, 17.02 g). Poseidon Hippios, nude, holding spear forward in right hand and reins in left, riding horse left; below, dolphin left / Quadripartite incuse square, diagonally divided. Alexander Period II, A, a, 1; AMNG III/2, –; HGC 3, 641 (this coin illustrated); Pozzi 798. VF, lightly toned, some die wear. Very rare.

Ex Roma XIV (21 September 2017), lot 83 (hammer £6500); G. Kratochwil Collection (Lanz 161, 7 December 2015), lot 70.

In his study of the coinage of Potidaia, J. A. Alexander’s admiration of this issue is clear: “This is one of the most interesting tetradrachms of Potidaea. It stands above all others in artistic quality. The figure of Poseidon is better engraved; the muscles are indicated. The figure of the horse is powerfully represented; it exhibits masterful modelling of the muscles, especially in the head and legs of the animal.”