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Research Coins: Feature Auction

 
590342
Sale: Triton V, Lot: 342. Estimate $300. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 16 January 2002. 
Sold For $180. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

EPEIROS, Epeirote Republic . Before 340 BC. Æ 18mm (5.53 gm). MOLOSSWN, round shield with thunderbolt in center / Thunderbolt within laurel wreath. Franke 24ff (dies not listed); SNG Copenhagen 54; BMC Thessaly pg. 101, 3; Laffaille 337; Pozzi 2974. Good VF, glossy dark green and black patina, reverse a little rough. ($300)

The Molossi were a Doric-speaking tribe occupying central Epeiros. Alexander I, who was a brother-in-law of Philip II of Macedon, was the first king to unite most of Epeiros under his rule.