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Sale: Triton V, Lot: 1262. Estimate $10000. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 16 January 2002. 
Sold For $10000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

MACEDON, Aegae. Circa 500-480 BC. AR Stater (9.27 gm). Kneeling goat right, head reverted; annulet above / Quadripartite incuse square. Rosen 88; Weber 1839; Svoronos pl. III, 17; Traité pl. xlix, 9. EF, a few minor corrosion spots, mostly on the reverse, overall an exceptional example. Rare. ($10,000)

This punning type with a goat (aigoV) clearly alludes to the old Macedonian royal capital Aigai, founded by Perdikkas I, and reappears among the coin types of later kings. The recent discoveries of royal tombs at Vergina, see M. Andronicos, The royal graves at Vergina (1978), confirm this identification of the site as Aigai.