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Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 86. Estimate CHF30000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF75000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

EUBOIA, Euboian League. Circa 375-357 BC. Stater (Silver, 12.16 g 2). Head of the nymph Euboia to right, wearing a half-moon shaped earring, a simple necklace, and with her hair rolled. Rev. ΕΥΒ Cow lying to right; above, bunch of grapes hanging from stalk; all within shallow round incuse. BCD 4 (this coin). Traité II, 3, 170 and pl. CXCVII, 19 (same dies). Wallace 9. Very rare, a splendid and sharply struck piece. Extremely fine.

From the Spina collection, and from the BCD Collection, Lanz 111, 25 November 2002, 4, ex Bank Leu 28, 5 May 1981, 104, and from the collection of C. Gillet, 917.

This is one of the finest staters of the Euboian League in existence. It is very sharply struck, and very well centered. The reverse reminds us that the word Euboia means ‘rich in cows’.