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Triton XXII, Lot: 237. Estimate $2000.
Sold for $1300. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

AEOLIS, Aigai. Circa 151-143 BC. AR Tetradrachm (34mm, 16.22 g, 12h). Stephanophoric type. Head of Apollo Smintheos right, wearing laurel wreath, bow and quiver over shoulder / Zeus standing left, holding eagle in extended right hand, lotus-tipped scepter in left; monogram to left, AIΓAIEΩN to right; all within oak-wreath. SNG Ashmolean 1252; SNG von Aulock 1595; SNG Copenhagen 6; SNG München 357; Dewing 2227. Near EF, toned, a few light scratches on obverse. Well struck on a broad flan.

From the Gasvoda Collection. Ex California Collection (Heritage 3037, 4 January 2015), lot 30030.

Of all the mints to strike tetradrachms of stephanophoric type, Aigai had one of the smallest outputs, with just four obverse dies known today (cf. U. Westermark, “En tetradrachm från Aigai i Aiolis” in Festscrift Lagerqvist, pp. 471–5).