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364, Lot: 261. Estimate $150.
Sold for $500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

SICILY, Tyndaris. Circa 44-36 BC or later. Æ (20mm, 5.99 g, 12h). C. Julius C.f. Longus, duovir. Pilei of the Dioscuri / Dolphin right. P. Villemur, “De quelques émissions coloniales Romaines en Sicile: Retour à Tyndaris,” FIDES: Contributions to numismatics in honor of Richard B. Witschonke (New York, 2015), p. 437, 2.10 (D1/R1 – this coin, illustrated on pl. 1); CNS 28 (Tyndaris); RPC I 649 (Segesta); HGC 2, 1640 (Tyndaris); CRI 524 (Segesta); Winterthur 1054 (Tyndaris); FITA p. 190 (Panormus). VF, green patina, numerous cleaning scratches.

From the RBW Collection. Ex Randy Haviland Collection (Gemini X, 13 January 2013), lot 396; Berk BBS 157 (17 December 2007), no. 337.

At the time this sale was uploaded, this coin was attributed to an uncertain mint in Sicily due to the disagreement in the references as to whether the type should be given to Segesta or Tyndaris (Grant’s attribution to Panormus has never been taken seriously). While the most recent release of the RPC supplement retained the attribution to Segesta, the just published article by Patrick Villemur leaves no question that the issue belongs to Tyndaris.