|Sale: Triton IX, Lot: 720. Estimate $1000.
Closing Date: Monday, 9 January 2006.
Sold For $3250. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.
Circa 424-350 BC. Æ 17mm (3.95 g, 5h). Head of Aeneas (as oikist) left, wearing Phrygian cap / AI-NEHTW
N, bull standing left. AMNG III 9 var. (legend orientation); SNG ANS 75; SNG Copenhagen -; cf. BMC 5; Traité IV 929. Good VF, mahogany red patina. Extremely rare. ($1000)
Aineia (modern Nea Michaniona) was located on the north-east coast of the Chalkidike. It was a comparatively obscure place in ancient times, occupied from the Archaic through the Hellenistic periods. Some fine burial mounds from the city have produced gold treasures, and the city is attested in Athenian fiscal documents. According to legend it was founded by Trojans, who named it after the famous Trojan hero, Aineias (Aeneas).