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Sale: Nomos 1, Lot: 58. Estimate CHF10000. 
Closing Date: Tuesday, 5 May 2009. 
Sold For CHF11000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

LOKRIS, Lokris Opuntii. Circa 382-356 BC. Stater (Silver, 12.01 g 5). Head of Persephone to left, wearing wreath of grain leaves and triple-pendant earring Rev. ΟΠΟΝΤΙΩΝ Ajax, nude but for helmet, moving right, holding short sword in his right hand and, in his left, shield adorned with a serpent on the inside; below, on ground, crested helmet to left with two spears with points to left and right. BMC 18. McClean 5428. Lustrous and attractive with beautifully detailed types. Some striking flatness, otherwise, extremely fine.

The staters of Lokroi are divided into two basic groups by the way their reverse legends are treated;: those with a break like this one are earlier. Both Persephone and Ajax are masterfully portrayed. Opous was the main city of eastern Lokris, which was located to the north of Boeotia stretching to the coast opposite Euboea; it was separated by Phokis and Doris from western Lokris, which was on the northern coast of the Gulf of Corinth. Colonists from both parts of Lokris founded Lokris in Bruttium.