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Research Coins: Feature Auction

Sale: CNG 61, Lot: 917. Estimate $400. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 25 September 2002. 
Sold For $450. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

SASANIAN. Hormazd II. 303-309 AD. AR Obol (0.51 gm). Crowned bust right / Fire altar with attendants, bust of Ahuramazda facing within flames; one pellet at top of shaft. Göbl I/1a var. (Mazda's head left); secret marks: Bell, position 14. Toned EF, light scratches. Very rare. ($400)

This particular globe bears two lines with pellets, similar to Bell's crown type III1a.