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Sale: Nomos 5, Lot: 158. Estimate CHF42500. 
Closing Date: Monday, 24 October 2011. 
Sold For CHF50000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

BOEOTIA, Federal Coinage. Circa 287 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 17.11 g 12), Thebes. Laureate head of Zeus to right. Rev. ΒΟΙΩΤΩΝ Poseidon, seated left on throne with a lion’s leg on the front and a Boeotian shield on the side, holding a dolphin in his right hand and a transverse trident in his left. BCD Boiotia 81 (same reverse die). De Luynes 1980 (same obverse die). Gulbenkian 920=Jameson 2065=Weber 3305 (same reverse die). Extremely rare. Minor area of striking flatness on the beard, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.

Ex Nomos 2, 18 May 2010, 71 and Triton XI, 8 January 2008, 147.

This is one of the great rarities of Central Greek coinage. These tetradrachms were produced in very small numbersat a time of crisis and only a very few have survived until today.