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Sale: Triton VIII, Lot: 248. Estimate $2500. 
Closing Date: Monday, 10 January 2005. 
Sold For $3750. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THRACE, Dikaia(?). Late 6th century BC. EL Hekte ­ Sixth Stater (2.61 gm). Head of Herakles right, wearing lion's skin headdress / Rough incuse square. A.P. Tzamalis, "Some of the acquisitions of the Alpha Bank during 2000," NomKron 19 (2000), 12 and E. Good VF. Extremely rare. ($2500)

From the William and Louise Fielder Collection.

This is the fourth known hekte of this type. The first appeared in Münzen und Medaillen 73 (17 October 1988), as lot 45, subsequently sold as lot 238 in Numsimatic Fine Arts XXII (1 June 1989), and now in the Alpha Bank Collection (Tzamalis, op. cit., specimen E). The second example appeared for sale as lot 578 in Auctiones 18 (21 September 1989), and was later sold as lot 78 in Leu 76 (27 October 1999). The Third was acquired by the Alpha Bank in 2000 (Tzamalis, op. cit., specimen 12). The attribution to Dikaia is largely based on style and a Thracian provenance for three of the four known examples. Nonetheless, it is a problematic attribution, for, as pointed-out in the NFA catalog, the find also contained coins from Asia Minor, and these hektes are struck on the Milesian standard, not the expected local Thraco-Macedonian standard of the other coinage of Dikaia.