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Sale: Triton IX, Lot: 875. Estimate $1000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 January 2006. 
Sold For $1500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

ATTICA, Athens. Circa 168/5-50 BC. AR New Style Tetradrachm (16.80 g, 12h). Struck circa 130/29 BC. Head of Athena right, wearing triple-crested Attic helmet decorated with a palmette and griffin on the bowl / A-QE, owl standing right, head facing, on amphora; to right, elephant standing right; E on amphora, ME below, magistrates ANTI-OCOS, KARA/ICOS, SKU/MNO/S; all within wreath. Thompson 397k = SNG Copenhagen 212 (same dies). Superb EF, a couple small die breaks on obverse. ($1000)

Thompson notes that the Copenhagen piece is a copper replica, but was apparently cast from an authentic piece. The present specimen proves the existence of authentic pieces struck from these dies. It also confirms that the letter on the amphora is an E.