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Triton XV, Lot: 1033. Estimate $1000.
Sold for $1750. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

LUCANIA, Velia. Circa 280 BC. AR Nomos (20mm, 6.70 g, 12h). Head of Athena left, wearing a crested Attic helmet decorated with a griffin; [A above, Φ before], IE on outlined tablet behind neck guard / Lion attacking stag left; ΥΕ[ΛΗΤΩΝ] above. Williams +584.2b (this coin); HN Italy 1318; SNG ANS 1398; SNG Lloyd 534; Basel 122; Gulbenkian 116–7; Dewing 473–4. Good VF, toned, light scratches on cheek, die break on reverse.

From the Deyo Collection. Ex Freeman & Sear 8 (5 February 2003), lot 28 (inorrectly citing Williams 564); Ars Classica XIV (2 July 1929), lot 54; Ars Classica XIII (27 June 1928), lot 138.

Williams lists this coin in a category “Plated or Probably Plated.” However, his use of “probably” is apropos here, as a specific gravity test verifies that this coin has an appropriate silver content, and is not plated.