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Sale: CNG 61, Lot: 638. Estimate $1000. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 25 September 2002. 
Sold For $1400. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

MYSIA, Pergamon. Philetairos. 282-263 BC. AR Tetradrachm (16.85 gm). Diademed head of Philetairos right / Athena enthroned left, holding shield and spear, left elbow resting on sphinx; ivy leaf above knee, A on throne, bow outer right. Westermark Group II, V.VI/R.2. Good VF, scattered light porosity, more so on the reverse. Rare. ($1000)

Westermark attributedthis issue to Eumenes I. However, a more recent analysis of hoard evidence has indicated that this coinage is actually struck during the lifetime of Philetairos, near the end of his reign, following the limited issue of tetradrachms bearing the portrait of Seleukos I. A. Davesne, G. Le Rider, Gülnar II. Le trésor de Meydancikkale (Paris, 1989), cf. pp. 334-339.