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Sale: Triton IX, Lot: 91. Estimate $100. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 January 2006. 
Sold For $80. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

BOIOTIA, Federal Coinage. Circa 275-250 BC. AR Hemidrachm (2.33 g). Boiotian shield / Kantharos; thunderbolt above, BO-IW across lower field; all within concave circle. Cf. Head, Boeotia p. 54. Good Fine, lightly toned. Unique(?) and of considerable interest. ($100)

Ex Colosseum Coin Exchange 74 (2 February 1994), lot 66.

The style of this hemidrachm is quite different from the usual thunderbolt hemidrachms. The elongated, somewhat rectangular shield and a kantharos of simpler design with more curved lines point to an unofficial, perhaps clandestine issue.