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591194
Sale: Triton V, Lot: 1194. Estimate $3000. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 16 January 2002. 
Sold For $2000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

SICILY, The Sikeliotes. Struck in Morgantina. Circa 214-213 BC. AR 4 Litrai (3.39 gm). Wreathed and veiled head of Persephone left; poppy behind / SIKELIWTAN, Nike driving quadriga left; MT monogram. Burnett, "The Enna Hoard," SNR 62, 112 (same dies); Sjöqvist, "Numismatic Notes from Morgantina: 1. The SIKELIWTAN Coinage," ANSMN 9, pg. 55, 3 (same dies); Antikenmuseum Basel 415 (this coin). Beautifully toned, choice EF. ($3000)

Ex Numismatica Ars Classica Auction 13 (8 October 1998), lot 415.

The very rare Sikeliotan coinage was struck at Morgantina at a point when it seemed that a native revolt, supported by the Carthaginians, would succeed in driving the Romans from the island. The revolt failed, Morgantina was sacked, and only a scattering of the coinage would survive.