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CNG 111, Lot: 77. Estimate $2000.
Sold for $1700. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

SICILY, Syracuse. Fifth Democracy. 214-212 BC. AR 8 Litrai (21mm, 6.79 g, 11h). Reverse die signed by the artist Ly(sid)–. Struck circa 213-212 BC. Wreathed head of Kore left; behind neck, owl standing left, head facing / Nike driving fast quadriga right; monogram above, AI below, small ΛY on exergue line. Burnett, Enna 53 (same dies); BAR issue 88; HGC 2, 1417; BM 658 (same obv. die); de Luynes 1395 (same dies); Jameson 894 (same obv. die). Good VF, a few marks, double struck on reverse. Very rare.

Ex Giessener Munzhandlung 95 (9 March 1999), lot 132.

The ¬U on the exergual line is the signature of the artist ¬U15d. His longer form signature can be found on other dies of this type (cf. Basel 541).