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Triton XXI, Lot: 343. Estimate $10000.
Sold for $16000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

SICILY, Messana. 412-408 BC. AR Tetradrachm (25mm, 17.27 g, 1h). The nymph Messana, holding reins in right hand and kentron in left, driving slow biga of mules left; above, Nike flying right, crowning charioteer with wreath held in both hands / Hare springing right; in background, stalk of grain with three ears; MEΣΣANION within two parallel exergual lines. Caltabiano Series XV A, 601.2 (D215/R233 – this coin); HGC 2, 794; SNG ANS 379 var. (same dies, after leaf added to rev.); SNG Lloyd 1107 = Pozzi 1097 = Rizzo pl. XXVII, 16 = Pozzi 1097 (same dies, after leaf added to rev.); Kraay & Hirmer 60 (same obv. die). EF, deeply toned, minor patch of roughness along edge on reverse. Excellent metal and strike. Unique example struck from this reverse die before the leaf was added.

From the J. L. Gomer Collection. Ex Roma VIII (28 September 2014), lot 82; David Freedman Collection; Leu 36 (7 May 1985), lot 52; Richard Cyril Lockett Collection (Greek Part 1, Glendining, 25 October 1955), lot 714.