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Sale: Nomos 5, Lot: 181. Estimate CHF5500. 
Closing Date: Monday, 24 October 2011. 
Sold For CHF8000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

ISLANDS off TROAS, Tenedos. Circa 100-70 BC. Tetradrachm (16.53 g 12). Janiform head composed of a laureate and bearded head of Zeus to left and a diademed head of Hera to right. Rev. ΤΕΝΕΔΙΩΝ Double axe; to left, monogram of ΤΕ reversed and a bunch of grapes; to right, Artemis standing to left, holding a leaping stag by the horns; all within laurel wreath. Callataÿ, Tenedos 5 (this coin). A very rare early issue, nicely toned and with a fine pedigree. Flan flaw on the reverse, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.

Ex Hess-Leu 31, 6 December 1966, 417 and from the collection of T. Prowe, Egger XLVI, 11 May 1914, 699.

The late silver coinage of Tenedos is uniformly quite rare - only about 120 pieces are known, including drachms, with at least 68 of those in museums. This piece has the advantage of having a very rare symbol, the figure of Artemis.