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Sale: CNG 70, Lot: 267. Estimate $3000. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 21 September 2005. 
Sold For $3800. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

IONIA, Smyrna. Mid-late 2nd century BC. AR Tetradrachm (16.68 g, 12h). Hermippos, son of Sipylos, magistrate. Turreted head of Tyche right / Lion right; ERMIPPOS/SIPULOU in two lines below; all within wreath. Milne, Silver, 27; SNG Copenhagen 1119-1120 var. (magistrate); Weber 6115 (same obv. die). Good VF, toned. Very rare. ($3000)

The dating of this coin derives from Milne's detailed study and arrangement of this series ("The Autonomous Coinage of Smyrna, " NumChron 1927, pp. 78-82), based on its relation to a series of cistophori for Smyrna dated between 133-126 BC.