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Sale: Nomos 6, Lot: 97. Estimate CHF4000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 7 May 2012. 
Sold For CHF9000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

DYNASTS of LYCIA. Kuprilli. Circa 470/60-440/35 BC. Stater (Silver, 8.58 g 4), c. 450. Donkey standing right, head turned back to lick its right hind leg. Rev. ΚΟΠΡΛΛΕ Triskeles with a large circle at the truncation; all within a dotted border in an incuse square. BMC 68 = Mørkholm & Zahle 93. Traité II 298 and pl. XCVII, 19. Rare. Nicely toned. Good very fine.

Ex Leu 54, 28 April 1992, 151 and Hess-Leu 31, 7 December 1966, 481.

Was this a local donkey, or was the engraver thinking of the coinage of Mende when he made this lively scene?