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Sale: Nomos 5, Lot: 155. Estimate CHF12000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 24 October 2011. 
Sold For CHF24000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

EPEIROS, Federal coinage (Epirote Republic). Circa 234/3-168 BC. Didrachm (Silver, 10.05 g 3), Dodona. Jugate heads right of Zeus of Dodona, wearing a wreath of oak leaves, and Dione, diademed and draped; to left, monogram of ΑΥΤΚ; below, monogram of ΑΥΡΚ. Rev. ΑΠΕΙ - ΡΩΤΑΝ Bull butting to right; all within oak wreath. Franke 21. SNG Copenhagen 107. Weber 3024. Very rare. Attractively dark toned as found and unusually well-preserved. Extremely fine.


Ex Numismatica Ars Classica 33, 6 April 2006, 142.

The coinage of the Epirote Republic is fairly well-known, but the didrachms are invariably quite rare. This was one of the largest-sized coins produced in Greece in later 3rd and 2nd centuries. The heads of Zeus and Dione relate, of course, to the great sanctuary/oracle at Dodona.