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Sale: Triton V, Lot: 1713. Estimate $1000. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 16 January 2002. 
Sold For $800. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

BITHYNIA, Prusa ad Olympum. Caracalla. 198-217 AD. Æ 25mm (9.51 gm). AVT K M AVP ANTýNEINOC CEB, laureate head right / PRO-UCAEW-N, Ajax the Telamonian falling upon his sword left; pile of stones before, shield below. Waddington 102; SNG von Aulock 873; Cornell 100 (this coin). EF, dark green patina. Rare Trojan War reference. ($1000)

From the David Simpson Collection.

Ajax led the warriors of Salamis to Troy, and was regarded as the second greatest Greek warrior, after Achilles. When he failed to win Achilles' armor after the latter's tragic death, Ajax went mad and, after creating turmoil amidst the Greek ranks, finally committed suicide by falling on his sword.