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Sale: Nomos 6, Lot: 28. Estimate CHF4500. 
Closing Date: Monday, 7 May 2012. 
Sold For CHF5200. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

SICILY, Unlocated Punic mints. Circa 320/315-305/300. Tetradrachm (Silver, 16.12 g 1). Head of Persephone to left, wearing wreath of wheat leaves, triple pendant earring and pearl necklace; below her chin, scallop shell; around her head, four dolphins: one, before her nose, swimming downwards to right, the others swimming to left. Rev. ‘MMHNT Horse’s head to left; behind, date palm. Jenkins 161 (O49/R145). A lovely example, beautifully toned and most attractive. Extremely fine.

From a European collection, acquired in the 1980s.

This is a particularly fine example, especially thanks to the old collection patina it bears. It is also notable for its light weight: it must have escaped the mint solely because the overseer was not alert the day it was made!