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Sale: Triton IX, Lot: 136. Estimate $200. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 January 2006. 
Sold For $120. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

BOIOTIA, Federal Coinage. Circa 225-171 BC. AR Drachm (4.24 g, 6h). Laureate head of Poseidon right, border of dots / Nike standing left, resting on trident(?) and holding wreath; BOIWTW[N] downward on left; to inner left, trident upward. CH VIII, 431, pl. LIV, 26 (same obv. die). VF, dark grey tone, struck on a short flan. ($200)

Ex Christie's London 28 February 1989, lot 1289 (part); Myers-Adams 5 (15 March 1973), lot 131.

There must be a substantial chronological gap between the preceding coins and the issues that follow, starting with this one. The style of the obverse becomes typically second century and the weights are generally lower. The Agrinion Hoard (burial circa 135 BC) and a 1997 excavations hoard from Thebes (E. Vlachogianni, "A hoard of coins from Thebes," NomKhron 19, pp. 55-113, and especially 113) where the burial is stated to be around the middle of the second century also provide proof that this and the following coins were struck well into the second century.