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Sale: Triton IX, Lot: 104. Estimate $100. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 January 2006. 
Sold For $60. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

BOIOTIA, Federal Coinage. 220's BC. Æ (4.78 g, 1h). Head of Demeter or Kore (Persephone) practically facing, slightly inclined right, wearing corn-wreath / Poseidon, naked, standing left, resting right foot on rock and leaning on trident; to right, [BOIW]TWN downward. Head, Boeotia p. 86, pl. VI, 6 = BMC p. 41, 81, pl. VI, 8; SNG Cop. 384. VF, brown surfaces, some roughness, especially on the reverse. Overstruck on Æ of Antigonos Gonatas of the type SNG Cop. 1214-1221. ($100)

A distinctively styled head on the obverse which has an interesting connection: A particular obverse die from a bronze of Euboian Chalkis (Picard's issue 53) is apparently from the same hand. This agrees with Picard's suggested dates of 245-196 for the enigmatic and abundant FILIS/AAQ issue and in fact refines them to just after the middle of his proposed range. This Euboian bronze will be published together with this coin in a separate article which will illustrate the Euboia-Boiotia connection during this numismatically unresearched but very interesting period.