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CNG 103, Lot: 183. Estimate $300.
Sold for $600. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

ARGOLIS, Argos. Circa 190 BC. AR Tetradrachm (30.5mm, 16.88 g, 1h). In the name and types of Alexander III of Macedon. Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin / Zeus Aëtophoros seated left; in left field, wolf at bay to left; monogram below throne. Noe, Argos, dies F/– (unlisted rev. die); Price 740; HGC 5, 689; SNG München 389 (same obv. die). VF, toned, very light scratch in field at top of obverse. Extremely rare, two noted by Noe (in Munich and Paris [ex-Latakia hoard]), none in Pella database, one in CoinArchives, none in ANS photofile.

From the collection of Will Gordon.

Price calls the symbol here a lion forepart, but clearly it is the wolf at bay left, commonly found on the civic coins of Argos, with its hind legs hidden from view behind the legs of Zeus.