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CNG 109, Lot: 32. Estimate $300.
Sold for $550. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

LUCANIA, Sybaris. Circa 510-475 BC. AR Hemiobol (11mm, 0.14 g, 12h). Bull standing left, head right / Incuse bull standing right, head left. Unpublished. Good VF, toned. Good metal.

This issue was previously unknown, but quite a few have sold at auction over the last two years, though cataloged as obols struck during the first period at Sybaris, circa 550-510 BC. However, the lack of an ethnic suggests the second period, where the obol has a bull on the obverse and an incuse acorn on the reverse, and both sides lack an ethnic. Moreover, the small fractions of the first period are known, and although the bull obverses have no ethnic, their reverse types are the letters of the ethnic in relief.