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Sale: CNG 64, Lot: 136. Estimate $1000. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 24 September 2003. 
Sold For $1300. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THRACE, Black Sea Area. Sindi. Circa 425-400 BC. AR Diobol (1.05 gm). Griffin seated right, barley grain before / Head of horse right in incuse square. SNG BM Black Sea -; SNG Stancomb -; Anohin -; SG 3623; Head, HN pg. 495. Good VF, very minor porosity. Very rare. ($1000)

The Sindi were a Scythian tribe that settled on the east coast of the Black Sea sometime in the mid 1st millenium BC. Their main port, also called Sindi, was on the coast to the south-east of Pantikapion, and was active in the trade with the Thracian cities on the opposite side of the Black Sea. The griffin type suggests a close connection with the important trade center of Abdera. Sindi later became the Greek city of Gorgippia.