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Sale: Triton V, Lot: 1354. Estimate $5000. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 16 January 2002. 
Sold For $3750. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

LOKRIS, Lokris Opuntia. Circa 369-338 BC. AR Stater (12.19 gm). Wreathed head of Persephone of Euainetos type right, wearing single-pendant earring and a necklace; thin band in hair behind her ear / OPONTIWN, Ajax advancing right, nude but for crested helmet, brandishing sword and shield, shield decorated with griffin and a palmette, broken spear at his feet diagonally. SNG Copenhagen 42 (same dies). Lightly toned, good VF, perfectly centered, excellent style. ($5000)

The fine and extensive coinage of the Opuntian Lokrians is surprising for a city whose place in history is relatively unobtrusive. It has been suggested that the Lokrians, returning from service as mercenaries in Sicily, may have brought with them a quantity of Syracusan coins, which would have provided bullion and the prototype for the 'Euainetan' head adopted at Lokris.