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Sale: CNG 78, Lot: 434. Estimate $2000. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 14 May 2008. 
Sold For $1700. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

KINGS of MACEDON. Demetrios I Poliorketes. 306-283 BC. AR Tetradrachm (17.19 g, 4h). Amphipolis mint. Struck circa 294-293 BC. Nike standing left on prow of galley left, blowing trumpet and cradling stylis in her left arm / Poseidon Pelagaios standing left, preparing to throw trident; tripod to left; to right, z above ME monogram. Newell 94 (obv. die LXXXV - not listed for this issue); SNG München -; SNG Alpha Bank -. Superb EF, usual die break on obverse for die.

Obverse die LXXXV was used extensively across the early issues at Amphipolis, and was paired with a number of different reverse varieties. The die continued in use long after it developed a die break.