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Triton XV, Lot: 1055. Estimate $1000.
Sold for $600. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

SICILY, Naxos and/or Katane(?). Circa 430/20-415 BC. AR Litra (11mm, 0.63 g, 10h). Head of Silenos left, wearing ivy wreath / Grape bunch on vine. Campana (Naxos) 17 (this coin). VF, lightly toned. Apparently unique.

Ex Numismatica Ars Classica O (13 May 2004), lot 1364; Münzen und Medaillen AG FPL 384 (1976), no. 6.

This coin features an obverse type common to the litrai of Katane, but the reverse is typical for litrai at Naxos. This may be a heretofore unknown alliance issue, or perhaps a contemporary forgery, although the fine style and weight suggest an official issue. Both Campana and the listing in MMAG incorrectly cite the reverse die used for this coin as Cahn R78. In fact, the reverse die used for this coin is not in Cahn’s corpus.