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130, Lot: 85. Estimate $1000.
Sold for $600. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

BRUTTIUM, Mesma. Circa 340-330 BC. Æ 21mm (10.33 g). Head of Persephone right; oinochoe below chin / Pan seated left on rock holding patera; dog seated behind left with head reverted; AP and a star in left field. SNG ANS 594; SNG Morcom 442 var.; HN Italy 2430. VF, thick apple-green patina, some roughness. Rare.

From the Tony Hardy Collection.

This coin is dated by style to the second half of the fourth century. The letters AP and an eight-rayed sunburst, a symbol also found on the Tarentine nomos (Vlasto 602) of the time of Alexander the Molosian, suggests that this this issue may be associated with that king's activities as champion of the Italiote league.