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Sale: CNG 64, Lot: 220. Estimate $200. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 24 September 2003. 
Sold For $400. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

PELOPONNESOS, Uncertain mint (Zakynthos?). Circa 4th century BC. AR Hemiobol (0.27 gm). Corinthian helmet right / Tall, narrow amphora within wreath. Apparently unpublished. Good VF, some porosity. ($200)

The possible attribution of this coin to Zakynthos is based on a coin that CNG sold privately a few years ago of the same type and denomination but which included an ethnic of Z-A across the reverse field, flanking the amphora. While an exact type match is unknown for Zakynthos, the ampora was a primary type used, and Z-A was commonly employed as an ethnic. Furthermore, an enclosing wreath on the reverse was also common for their coinage of the 4th century, for which there apparently are no published hemiobols. The appearance of the Corinthian helm, though, is exceptional to the coinage of Zakynthos, thus the attribution to that city is not certain. (Cf. P. Gardner, "Zacynthus," NumChron 1885, pp. 81-107.)