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Sale: CNG 64, Lot: 78. Estimate $500. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 24 September 2003. 
Sold For $475. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

MACEDON, Eion. Before 500 BC. AR Drachm (3.85 gm). Two geese, one standing right and the other standing left with its head reverted; annulet between / Incuse punch. SNG ANS 268; Svoronos, Primitif pl. ix, 9; AMNG III pg. 139, 33; Traité I pl. LV, 1. VF for issue, light porosity. Rare. ($500)

Ex Classical Numismatic Group 61 (25 September 2002), lot 766.

All references note that this coinage was struck on the Persian weight standard, which supports the belief that they were struck during the Persian occupation of this area. Sear notes that the coinage struck in this portion of Macedon may have been minted by the sons of the Macedonian King Alexander I, who were partisan to the Persians. After the Persians were expelled, Alexander had his sons blinded and banished from his kingdom.