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Sale: Triton IX, Lot: 441. Estimate $1000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 January 2006. 
Sold For $1800. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

BOIOTIA, Thebes. Circa 425-395 BC. AR Stater (12.13 g). Later style. Boiotian shield, club across upper half / Bearded head of Dionysos right, wearing ivy wreath; [Q]-E downward on left; all within concave incuse. Traite III 241, pl. CC, 10. VF, even tone, ivy leaf countermark on obverse, minor reverse granularity, small scratch. Overstruck on a stater of Elis-Olympia with obverse type eagle flying left, animal in its talons. ($1000)

Ex Schweizerischer Bankverein 38 (12 September 1995), lot 156.

This coin and lot 397 above may have been part of a consignment of Peloponnesian staters sent north during the war so that they could be converted to Boiotian currency to better serve the military plans of the Allies against Athens. The obverse dies of the undertype could only be Seltman, Temple, BD, BE or BG, all three of them belonging to the plentiful issues struck just before the beginning of the Peloponnesian war.