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Sale: Triton IX, Lot: 60. Estimate $100. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 January 2006. 
Sold For $60. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

BOIOTIA, Federal Coinage. 338-circa 300 BC. Lot of two Æ. Both coins: Boiotian shield / Ornamented trident upward, with curved crossbar; no symbols or dolphin. Varieties: (a) Æ 12mm (1.94 g). BOIWT-WN clockwise around from the upper right. This variety unpublished in the standard references. Possiby unique // (b) Æ 12mm (1.78 g). [BO]IWTWN curving downward on left in awkward writing. Both coins Near VF. ($100)

Ex Peiresc 25 November 1995, lot 9 (part).

(a) Another unpublished type variant which shows that towards the end of the fourth century - and perhaps even later - the mint(s) experimented with new designs on their coins. (b) Another variant: this time the legend changes direction and although garbled by an ignorant or incompetent engraver it is easy to see the way it should be read.