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Sale: Nomos 1, Lot: 79. Estimate CHF500. 
Closing Date: Tuesday, 5 May 2009. 
Sold For CHF1250. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

ARGOLIS, Argos. Circa 330-270 BC. Triobol (Silver, 2.91 g 10). Forepart of wolf at bay to left Rev. Large Α with Π Ρ to left and right; below, dolphin left over club left; all within incuse square. BCD Peloponnesos 1087. BMC 75. An attractive example, lightly toned. Extremely fine.

From the BCD collection.

This coin bears the standard, famous types of the Argive triobol, the forepart of a wolf on the obverse and a large Α on the reverse. The first issues of this type go back to the early 5th century and merely have the letter in an incuse; as time went on other letters or symbols were included and, finally, in the latest issues of the 1st century, as lot 82 below, magistrates’ names were given in full.