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710459
Sale: Triton IX, Lot: 459. Estimate $3000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 January 2006. 
Sold For $7750. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

BOIOTIA, Thebes. Circa 405-395 BC. AR Stater (12.05 g). Boiotian shield / The infant Herakles seated facing, head right, strangling two serpents; Q-E below; all within concave incuse. Head, Boeotia p. 41, pl. III, 14 = BMC p. 79, 101, pl. XIV, 7; Myron Hoard pl. G, 1-2 (same rev. die); Gustav Philipsen Collection (J. Hirsch XXV, 29 November 1909), 896 = A. Rhousopoulos Collection (J. Hirsch XIII, 15 May 1905), 1812 (same rev. die). Good VF, fresh grey-white color. Rare late issue. ($3000)

It is quite possible that this, the latest Herakliskos stater issue, was struck even after the beginning of the Corinthian war, as a special Theban issue to complement the BO-IW staters which were already being issued in the name of the Boiotians. The fabric, and especially the reverse concavity of the two coinages are very similar.