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Triton XV, Lot: 1249. Estimate $5000.
Sold for $4500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

ISLANDS off CARIA, Rhodos. Lindos. Circa 515/0-475 BC. AR Stater (21mm, 13.74 g). Head of Lion right with gaping jaws and protruding tongue / Rectangular incuse divided by three central bands. Cahn, Archaischen, group E var. (bands on rev.); SNG Keckman –; Karl –; SNG von Aulock 2782 var. (single band on rev.); SNG Copenhagen –; Hunterian 1 var. (same); HGC 6, 1397. Good VF, toned. Rare.

Cahn’s group E coins are characterized by rather fine style obverse dies compared to the more crude representations on the earlier groups. Although these are known with single and double bands dividing the incuse, there are apparently none previously known with three bands, as here.