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CNG 109, Lot: 29. Estimate $2000.
Sold for $2100. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

LUCANIA, Sybaris. Circa 550-510 BC. AR Obol (10mm, 0.53 g, 8h). Bull standing left, head right; [VM in exergue] / Large M above V; pellets at corners. S&S Class B, pl. 48, 12; HN Italy 1739. EF, toned. Exceptional for issue, among the finest known.

From the Gasvoda Collection. Ex Edward J. Waddell Inventory 51750 (January 2015); LHS 103 (5 May 2009), lot 39 (hammer CHF 2700).

From the consignor: The treatment of the ethnic for Sybaris has always been a mystery. On the Nomos it is normally written backwards (retrograde) with the sigma turned sideways. On this and the following fraction, the ethnic is shown with a large sideways sigma over a smaller upsilon. Perhaps it was a better use of the available space.