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CNG 103, Lot: 349. Estimate $5000.
Sold for $11000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

CYPRUS, Salamis. Nikokles. Circa 374-361 BC. AV Third Stater (11mm, 2.75 g, 1h). Persian standard. Draped bust of Aphrodite left, wearing ornamented stephanos, earring, and necklace; Cypriot a to right / Head of Athena right, wearing crested Corinthian helmet decorated with wreath, round earring, and necklace; Cypriot Ba Ni across field. Markou, L'or 299 (D2/R3) = Pozzi 2869 (this coin); Zapiti & Michaelidou 16 (same obv. die); Tziambazis 120; Traité II 1160 = Waddington 4811 (same obv. die); BMC 61 var. (no letter on obv.); ACGC 1085 var. (same). Near EF, toned, small scrape and die rust on reverse. Extremely rare, one of only seven third staters of Nikokles, and the only one in private hands.

Ex Lawrence A. Adams Collection (Triton XIX, 5 January 2016), lot 2060; Virgil M. Brand Collection (Part 3, Sotheby's, 9 June 1983), lot 137; Prof. Samuel-Jean Pozzi Collection (Naville I, 14 March 1921), lot 2896.