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Triton XXI, Lot: 373. Estimate $15000.
Sold for $14000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

KINGS of SKYTHIA. Pharzoios. Circa AD 45-77. AV Aureus (19mm, 7.01 g, 7h). Olbia mint. Struck circa AD 63/4. Diademed head right; winged kerykeion to right / [B]AΣIΛEΩ[Σ] ΦAPZOIO[Y], eagle standing right, wings spread; to right, OΛ above monogram. Anokhin 589 (same dies as illustration); Karyshkovskij p. 284, 458, pl. XXI=C, 13 (same dies); cf. Frolova & Abramzon 2298; SNG Pushkin 460 var. (no kerykeion); SNG Stancomb 930 var. (no kerykeion, different monogram). VF, struck from worn dies, banker’s mark and a couple edge nicks on reverse. Very rare, only nine aurei of Pharzoios listed by Karyshkovskij, none in CoinArchives except the present coin.

Ex Dr. Lawrence A. Adams Collection (Triton XIX, 5 January 2016), lot 2033; Numismatic Fine Arts I (20 March 1975), lot 110.