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Rare Cretan War Issue

CNG 103, Lot: 186. Estimate $300.
Sold for $575. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

CRETE, Rhodian mercenaries. Circa 205-200 BC. AR Didrachm (21mm, 3.94 g, 12h). First Cretan War issue. Gorgos, magistrate. Winged head of Medusa facing slightly right; c/m: head of Nike, wings at neck, right within incuse circle / Rose in profile, with bud to right; ΓOPΓOΣ above, [P]-O flanking, star to lower right. Ashton, Crete, Issue 1; Ashton 333; SNG Keckman –; SNG Copenhagen (Caria) 864 (same dies); Karl 809 (this coin). Near VF, toned, some porosity, die break on reverse. Rare.

From the estate of Thomas Bentley Cederlind. Ex Erich Karl Collection (Lanz 131, 27 November 2006), lot 809.