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Sale: Triton V, Lot: 391. Estimate $400. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 16 January 2002. 
Sold For $525. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

CYCLADES, Karthaea on Keos . 3rd Century BC. Æ 19mm (6.11 gm). Laureate head of Apollo right / KARQA, forepart of a dog (Seirios) right surrounded by rays; fly below. Papageorgiadou-Banis, The Coinage of Kea, Series VIII, Issue 1 (O46/R56); SNG Copenhagen 634; BMC Crete pg. 93, 44 var. (Seirios right); Laffaille -; Weber 4635. VF, dark brown patina, small flan flaw on the obverse. Rare. ($400)

The Dog Star Seirios (Sirius), to whom propitiatory sacrifices were made, was associated with the heat of summer, drought and pestilence.