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Sale: Nomos 1, Lot: 78. Estimate CHF1000. 
Closing Date: Tuesday, 5 May 2009. 
Sold For CHF1300. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

ARGOLIS, Argos. Circa 420/10 BC. Diobol (Silver, 2.00 g 4). Corinthian helmet to right Rev. Corinthian helmet facing with Α to right; all within incuse square. BCD Peloponnesos 1036. BMC 29. SNG Copenhagen 20 var. Very rare. Toned. Some minor marks, otherwise, about extremely fine.

From the BCD collection, ex Bank Leu 45, 26 May 1988, 170.

This is a very rare issue with types that are quite unusual for Argos. Babelon, Traité III, 455-456, suggested that it may refer to a short-lived alliance between Corinth and Argos and this could well be right.