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Research Coins: Feature Auction

 
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Sale: Triton V, Lot: 1138. Estimate $1500. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 16 January 2002. 
Sold For $900. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

BRUTTIUM, Lokroi Epizephyrioi. Issue for Alexander the Molossian. 342-334 BC. AR Stater (10.88 gm). Laureate head of Zeus Naïos of Dodona right / ALEXANDROU left, TOU NEOPTOLEMOU right, thunderbolt; eagle's head right. Boston MFA 943; Vlasto 1866; Vlasto, "Alexander, son of Neoptolemos, of Epirus," in NumChron 1926, pg. 157, 1.d (this coin?). Toned, good Fine. Very rare. ($1500)

From the William N. Rudman Collection. Ex Classical Numismatic Group Auction 55 (13 September 2000), lot 76.

Alexander, son of Neoptolemos, was the king of Epeiros. He was one of the mercenary 'champions' summoned to defend the Greek cities of southern Italy against their enemies. He honored Zeus of Dodona, the central deity of the Molossians, on his coins. The sanctuary of Zeus Naïos at Dodona was reputed to be the oldest Greek oracle, and was known to Homer.