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Research Coins: Feature Auction

 
591010
Sale: Triton V, Lot: 1010. Estimate $300. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 16 January 2002. 
Sold For $350. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

GAUL, Massalia. Circa 130-121 BC. AR Tetrobol (2.61 gm). Diademed bust of Artemis right, bow and quiver over shoulder / MASSA, lion walking left; L below, AL in exergue. Depeyrot 44/6; Dewing 23; Muret 1121. Lightly toned, good VF. ($300)

From the William N. Rudman Collection.

Obverse and reverse legends taken together compose the Oscan adjective Lawinos, "of Laos," a river port colony of Sybaris, to which the remaining inhabitants of the mother-city would have fled after the destruction of Sybaris by its neighbours in 510 BC. The thick late incuse fabric of this exiguous coinage seems to support this view, as does the type, the Sybaritic bull converted into a conventional human-faced river-god type representing the river Laos.