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CNG 103, Lot: 461. Estimate $500.
Sold for $750. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

BAKTRIA, Local issues. Circa 295/3-285/3 BC. AR Obol (10mm, 0.83 g, 3 ot 9h). Local standard. Uncertain mint in the Oxus region. Kalathos / Double bodied owl with single facing head. Cf. SMAK p. 70 (for chronology); Bopearachchi, Sophytes 10 = SNG ANS 11 = HGC 12, 13; CNG 100, lot 1630. Good VF, toned. Extremely rare, one of three known .

The object on the obverse was previously described as an “uncertain object”, but a comparison with Athenian coinages, which this series generally imitates, reveals that it must be a kalathos (cf., e.g., Triton XI, lot 167 = Pozzi 1572), which is represented on a variety of issues at Athens.