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CNG 109, Lot: 30. Estimate $300.
Sold for $475. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

LUCANIA, Sybaris. Circa 550-510 BC. AR Hemiobol(?) (10mm, 0.25 g, 3h). Bull standing left, head right; V[M] in exergue / Large M above V. Cf. S&S Class B, pl. 48, 12 (obol); cf. HN Italy 1739 (obol). VF, toned, struck with worn obverse die.

From the Gasvoda Collection. Ex ArtCoins Roma (4 February 2014), lot 42 (‘obol’).

Although this reverse type is only known on obols, and no hemiobols are previously known with this type, the weight is very low for the theoretical weight of 0.40 grams for an obol at this time. There are also no apparent pellets in the field on the reverse, which are canonical on the obols.