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Triton XXII, Lot: 298. Estimate $5000.
Sold for $4250. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

SELEUKID EMPIRE. Antiochos II Theos. 261-246 BC. AR Tetradrachm (27.5mm, 16.55 g, 1h). Sardes mint. Diademed head of Antiochos I right / BAΣIΛEΩΣ AN-TIOXOY, Apollo Delphios, nude, testing two arrows in his right hand, left hand holding tip of bow set on ground to right, seated left on omphalos; two monograms in exergue. SC 518d var. (one arrow); WSM 1387 var. (one arrow); HGC 9, 236f; Hunterian 27 var. (one arrow; same obv. die). EF, lightly toned. High relief portrait. Apparently unique variety with two arrows.

From the MNL Collection, purchased from Gorny & Mosch, January 2012. Ex G. Hirsch 275 (22 September 2011), lot 3987; Giessener Münzhandlung 36 (8 April 1987), lot 272.

Of all the issues of SC 518, 518d is the only one recorded with Apollo testing only one arrow. However, the present piece clearly shows two arrows; apparently the only example known.