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Triton XV, Lot: 1131. Estimate $2000.
Sold for $3500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

KINGS of MACEDON. Antigonos I Monophthalmos. As Strategos of Asia, 320-306/5 BC, or king, 306/5-301 BC. AV Stater (18mm, 8.54 g, 9h). In the name and types of Alexander III. Teos mint. Struck circa 310-301 BC. Head of Athena right, wearing crested Attic helmet decorated with serpent, and necklace / AΛEΞA[NΔPOY], Nike standing left, holding wreath in extended right hand and cradling stylis in left arm; to left, griffin seated left, raising forepaw; monogram below left wing. Price 2278 var. (monogram); Thompson & Bellinger 10; SNG München –; SNG Alpha Bank –; SNG Saroglos –; New York Sale III, lot 120 (same dies). Near EF. Very rare.

In his entry for no. 2278, Price references Thompson & Bellinger 10. However, their entry notes staters and drachms associated with two issues with different monograms, one of which is correct for Price 2278, but the other is the monogram on this coin. In fact, Price 2279 and 2280 are the drachms corresponding to Thompson & Bellinger 10. Price may not have been able to verify the existence of the second stater issue, but this and the New York Sale coin prove that it exists.