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Sale: Triton V, Lot: 364. Estimate $250. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 16 January 2002. 
Sold For $150. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

ATTICA, Athens . Circa 264-267 AD. Æ Drachm (6.92 gm). Draped bust of Athena right, wearing crested Corinthian helmet / AQHN-A-I-WN, Athena standing facing, head left, holding spear in right hand, shield on left arm. Kroll 318; Svoronos pl. 86, 7 (same obverse die); SNG Copenhagen 391-392; BMC Attica pg. 93, 676-678; Laffaille -; Imhoof-Blumer (op. cit.), pl. Z, Athens II, i-ii. Near EF, brown and green patina, light roughness. ($250)

The most famous of all Greek statues, Athena Promachos on the Acropolis by Pheidias, was seen and described by Pausanias (I.28, 20) ".... it was the work of Pheidias but reliefs upon the shield, including the fight between Cetaurs and Lapithae, are said to be from the chisel of Mys, for whom they say Parrhasius, the son of Evenor, designed this and the rest of his work. The point of the spear of this Athena and the crest of her helmet are visible to those sailing to Athens, as soon as Sunium is passed."