BOIOTIA, Federal Coinage.
|Sale: Triton IX, Lot: 75. Estimate $150.
Closing Date: Monday, 9 January 2006.
Sold For $150. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.
Circa 304-294 BC. AR Hemidrachm (2.38 g). Boiotian shield / Amphora; to lower left, vertical crescent facing right; all within incuse square. Head, Boeotia
, p. 58, (d), pl. IV, 21 = Traité III 360, pl. CCIV, 23 = BMC p. 35, 29, pl. V, 11. Fine, light grey tone, even porosity. Very rare. ($150)Ex Classical Numismatic Auctions III (29 April 1988), lot 135.
The attribution of this and the next lot to Thespiai seems to be generally accepted. If this mint was therefore active during the late 4th - early 3rd centuries, there is no reason it could not strike bronze coins at around the same time. See also lots 40 to 47 above for other possibly Thespian issues of silver earlier in the 4th century.