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Sale: Triton IX, Lot: 453. Estimate $300. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 January 2006. 
Sold For $625. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

BOIOTIA, Thebes. Circa 425-395 BC. AR Tetartemorion (0.18 g). Boiotian shield / Kantharos; club left above, (E retrograde)-Q across lower field; all within concave field. Bérend, Réflexions 31 (this coin). Good VF, even tone. Rare. Exceptional fraction. ($300)

See lot 36 above for a "grapes" reverse die that was engraved over a die similar to the reverse die of this coin. This means that the rare Boiotian tetartemoria with grape reverses were struck immediately after these "kantharos in concave reverse field" Theban tetartemoria and that coins from both these issues were struck during the first decade of the 4th century. The obvious occasion for such a change from Theban to Boiotian issues would be the Peace of Antalkidas in 395 BC. This narrows down the chronology of both types, dating the cantharos reverses to just before 395 and the grapes reverses to just after 395. Such a scenario assumes that there were no other occasions for such fraction production either earlier or later than these two instances.