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CNG 91, Lot: 413. Estimate $1000.
Sold for $600. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

EASTERN EUROPE, Imitations of Alexander III of Macedon. Circa 280-225 BC. AR Tetradrachm (28mm, 17.02 g, 1h). Mint in the western Black Sea region. Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin / Zeus Aëtophoros seated left; in left field, monogram above HM. OTA –; Lanz –; CCCBM I –; KMW –. EF, toned.

Although unpublished, this Celtic imitation is clearly following the style of the early issues of mints in the western Black Sea region. Parallels may be seen in the illustrated examples on Price’s plates: 949 (‘Dionysopolis’), 971 (Mesembria), and 1146-58 (Odessos). The weight of this piece also suggests that it was issued in the early to mid-3rd century BC.