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CNG 103, Lot: 1069. Estimate $1500.
Sold for $3250. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

ITALY, Sicilia (regno). Guglielmo II il Buono (the Good). 1166-1189. AV Tari (20mm, 0.86 g, 9h). Salerno mint. Star; above, al-malik (the king) in Kufic Arabic; below, Ghulyaim/al-thani (William the Second) in Kufic Arabic / W (= William); above, nasir (the victor) in Kufic Arabic; below, al-nasra/niyyah ([of] Christianity) in Kufic Arabic. CNI XVIII, 1; Travaini, Monetazione 362; MEC 14, 410; Biaggi 2298; Friedberg 1009; Adams I 833 (this coin). Good VF. Very rare, only one on CoinArchives (Heritage 3008, lot 22337 for a hammer of $4,250).

Ex Dr. Lawrence A. Adams Collection (Part I, Classical Numismatic Group 100, 7 October 2015), lot 833 (purchased from Stephen Album, December 1986).