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Extremely Rare Drachm in the Name of the Bisaltai

CNG 111, Lot: 96. Estimate $1000.
Sold for $2000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THRACO-MACEDONIAN TRIBES, Bisaltai. Circa 475-465 BC. AR Drachm (14mm, 3.90 g, 9h). Horseman, wearing petasos and holding two spears, standing right beside his horse standing right in foreground / BIΣA-ΛT-IKO-N in shallow incuse square, around quadripartite square in relief. Peykov A3120 (same dies); Topalov –; HPM pl. XI, 18 var. (in name of Mosses; same obv. die); AMNG III/2, pl. XII, 11 (“forgery”); HGC 3, –; McClean 3105 (same dies); Raymond pl. VI, a (same dies). VF, toned. Extremely rare drachm in the name of the Bisaltai.

From the Colin E. Pitchfork Collection. Ex Vecchi 15 (15 June 1999), lot 133.