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Sale: CNG 72, Lot: 2247. Estimate $2000. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 14 June 2006. 
Sold For $2600. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

VISIGOTHS, Spain. Swinthila. AD 621-631. AV Tremissis (1.35 g, 6h). Asidona (Medina Sidonia) mint. +SYINTHIGL RI:, facing bust / +LSIDONL PIYS, facing bust. Miles, Visigoths -; cf. Chaves 181; MEC 1 -. EF, minute traces of encrustation. An unpublished variety from a rare mint.

From the Marc Poncin Collection.

Medina Sidonia is an ancient hilltop town near Cadiz. It saw its largest growth under the Moors, and later served as one of Spain’s most important ducal seats in the 15th century. A popular tourist destination, the small town retains much of its medieval character today.