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Sale: Triton V, Lot: 282. Estimate $2000. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 16 January 2002. 
Sold For $3750. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

SICILY, Islands off. Lipara . Circa 425-400 BC. Æ Hemilitron (35.80 gm). Head of Aiolos right wearing pileus / LIPARAI-ON, stern to the left with aphlaston; six pellets above. Calciati I pg. 7, 3/6 = Virzi 2084 (this coin); BMC Sicily pg. 256, 1; SNG Copenhagen 1085; SNG Morcom -; Laffaille -. Fine, attractive brown patina. Rare. ($2000)

Ex Tom Virzi Collection (Bank Leu Auktion 6, 8 May 1973), lot 280; Ars Classica X (5-18 June1925), lot 349.

Struck to the highest weight standard known in the Greek world, the first bronze issues of Lipara were probably produced from booty taken from an Etruscan fleet defeated in 425 BC. Aiolos gave his name to the Aiolian Islands, of which Lipara is the largest.