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Sale: Triton IX, Lot: 1067. Estimate $2000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 January 2006. 
Sold For $2600. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

PERSIA, Alexandrine Empire. Circa 331-311 BC. AV Daric (8.32 g). Babylon mint. Struck circa 315-311 BC. Persian king or hero in kneeling-running stance right, holding transverse spear and bow; behind, F above L / Patterned incuse punch. Cf. Nicolet-Pierre 7 (double daric); SNG Copenhagen -; cf. BMC 3 (double daric); cf. Dewing 2676 (double daric); cf. Babelon, Rois 119 = Traité II 761 = De Luynes 2817 (double daric). VF, small nick in field on obverse. Unpublished as a daric. ($2000)

Nicolet-Pierre cites the obverse symbol on these double darics as a monogram composed of a phi surmounting a lambda. On about half the examples, though, the two letters are separated as on the present specimen.