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CNG 111, Lot: 441. Estimate $3000.
Sold for $2300. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

KINGS of PERSIS. Vādfradād (Autophradates) II. Early-mid 2nd century BC. AR Tetradrachm (24mm, 16.87 g, 9h). Istakhr (Persepolis) mint. Bearded head right, wearing diadem and kyrbasia adorned with eagle / Fire temple of Ahura-Mazda; above, half-figure of Ahura-Mazda; to left, Vādfradād standing right, trace of bow before; to right, eagle standing left on standard; [p]t (= “f(ra)t(arakā)”) in Aramaic to right of altar. K&M 3/1 var. (bow on rev.; same obv. die); Alram 546; DeMorgan, p. 403 and pl. XXVIII, 7 (same obv. die as illustration); cf. BMC 1 (Darius[?]; for type); Sunrise –; MACW –; CNG 109, lot 401 var. (bow on rev.; same obv. die); Nomos 14, lot 172 (same obv. die). Near EF, some deposits, minor hairline die breaks, fields smoothed. Very rare without the bow.