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Sale: Triton IX, Lot: 420. Estimate $3000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 January 2006. 
Sold For $5250. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

BOIOTIA, Thebes. Circa 440-425 BC. AR Stater (11.63 g). Boiotian shield / Bearded head of Herakles right, wearing lion's skin headdress, the mane windswept to rear; Q-[E] across lower field; all within square incuse. Head, Boeotia p. 35, class a = BMC p. 73, 48, pl. XIII, 1 (same rev. die); Myron Hoard pl. A, 33 (same dies); Traité III 235, pl. CC, 4 = de Luynes 1998 (same dies); Jameson 1160 (this coin); Gulbenkian 499 (same dies); Lucien de Hirsch 1250. Good VF, dark grey tone, purple hues around the devices, surface granularity. Rare. ($3000)

Ex Leu 20 (25 April 1978), lot 87 (CHF 18,000 hammer); R. Jameson Collection, 1160; J. Hirsch XVIII (27 May 1907), lot 2364.

A powerful portrait in the finest tradition of mainland Greek classical numismatic art.