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78000060
Sale: CNG 78, Lot: 60. Estimate $150. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 14 May 2008. 
Sold For $220. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

SICILY, Syracuse. Second Democracy. 466-405 BC. Æ Hemilitron (3.28 g, 7h). Struck circa 425-420 BC. Young male head left, wearing tainia / Octopus. Cf. Boehringer series XVIII; CNS 11/3 corr.; Favorito type 4 (c. 440-430 BC); SNG ANS 393. VF, green patina, some earthen encrustation. Very rare.


The text for Type 11 in CNS has a number of errors. The obverse description is head of Dionysos left with hair falling down his neck. Type 11 st1, however has a similar description, but notes the hair falls in loose curls. As such, coins 11/2 and 11/4 should be placed under 11 st1. Likewise, the head on coins 11/1, 11/3, and 11/5 do not have hair down their neck, and thus do not belong in Type 11 (and probably do not depict Dionysos). Coin 11/2, therefore, is the sole example correctly fitting the description for Type 11.