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Triton XV, Lot: 28. Estimate $200.
Sold for $1600. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Ainianes. Hypata. Mid 4th century BC. AR Obol (10mm, 0.80 g, 5h). Laureate and bearded head of Zeus to l. / ΑΙΝΙΑΝ, sword in scabbard and spear point. Traité IV, 453, pl. CCLXXXVII, 16. Jameson 1080. SNG Cop. 3. VF, nice old collection toning.

Acquired from Leu, November 1978, for CHF 340 and from the collection of Walter Niggeler (not in auction catalogue).

Those were the days when illustrating every single coin from a collection sold at auction was considered an unnecessary expense. Niggeler’s coins were all choice specimens and it is a great pity the collection was not recorded in its entirety.