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Research Coins: Feature Auction

 
590295
Sale: Triton V, Lot: 295. Estimate $6000. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 16 January 2002. 
Sold For $3600. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

MACEDON, Aphytis . Circa 360 BC. Æ 18mm (6.02 gm). Three-quarter facing head of Zeus-Ammon, slightly left / AFU-[TAI]-WN, kantharos. SNG ANS 211; BMC Macedonia pg. 61, 1; Laffaille, "Choix de Monnaies Grecques en Bronze," 110 = Laffaille 300 (this coin); SNG Copenhagen 124. EF, attractive, glossy two-toned brown patina. The finest known example. ($6000)

Ex Maurice Laffaille Collection (Münzen und Medaillen Auktion 76, 19-20 September 1991), lot 300 @15500 Sfr.

According to Pausanias (III.18.3) Aphytis was celebrated for its temple of Zeus Ammon, and according to Xenophon (Hell.V.3.19) the city also had a temple dedicated to the worship of Dionysos, referred to on this coin by the kantharos.