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Sale: Triton VII, Lot: 15. Estimate $6000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 12 January 2004. 
Sold For $5250. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

CALABRIA, Tarentum. Time of Kleonymos. Circa 302 BC. AV Third-Stater (2.86 gm). Head of Athena right, wearing Corinthian helmet decorated with a serpent / Nude Taras driving biga right, holding trident in left hand, reins in right; star above, dolphin below horses. Vlasto 19 (same dies); SNG ANS -; SNG Lloyd -; SNG Copenhagen 838 var. (no dolphin); Jameson -; Gulbenkian -; Pozzi 327; Weber -; HN Italy 955. Good VF, light reverse double-strike. Rare. [See color enlargement on plate 1] ($6000)

From the James A. Ferrendelli Collection.

This issue was probably struck at the time of the Tarentine appeal to Sparta for aid against the Lucanians (circa 303-302 BC). Kleonymos was sent with a band of 5000 mercenaries, and the Lucanians were forced to make peace.