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Extremely Rare Baktrian Obol

CNG 109, Lot: 210. Estimate $200.
Sold for $475. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

SELEUKID EMPIRE. Seleukos I Nikator. 312-281 BC. AR Obol (9mm, 0.56 g, 4h). Uncertain Mint 19, in Baktria (Baktra?). Struck circa 288/7-281 BC. Laureate head of Zeus right / Athena in biga of horned elephants right, brandishing spear and shield; anchor above, no control marks. SC –; SMAK MAO-2; HGC 9, –. VF, toned, some roughness. Extremely rare, only two obols of this issue are published.

From the MNL Collection, purchased from Dmitry Markov, April 2014.