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CNG 109, Lot: 10. Estimate $2500.
Sold for $2100. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

LUCANIA, Metapontion. Circa 540-510 BC. AR Nomos (28mm, 6.84 g, 12h). Ear of barley with eight grains; META up right field / Incuse ear of barley with eight grains. Noe Class VI, 117; HN Italy 1479. EF, attractive even gray tone with golden hues around the devices. Well centered on a broad, round flan.

From the Gasvoda Collection. Ex Stack’s Bowers Galleries (9 January 2015), lot 10; Coin Galleries (18 August 2009), lot 4012; Lanz 54 (21 November 1990), lot 43; Numismatic Fine Arts XVIII (31 March 1987), lot 12.

From the consignor: In contrast to the ear of barley on lot 6, above, here the design is compact and the borders are much more intricate. While I think the borders on this type are more refined, and the spread design of the barley ear on lot 6 looks more natural.