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Sale: CNG 73, Lot: 107. Estimate $200. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 13 September 2006. 
Sold For $575. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

ISLANDS off THRACE, Thasos. Circa 500-449 BC. AR Hemiobol (0.47 g). Dolphin left, two pellets below / Incuse square punch. Unpublished. EF, light toning around devices.

The dolphin is the common type on fractions of Thasos in the period of coinage dated to circa 435-411 BC, and pellets are used to denote denomination. While this piece also uses these conventions, the incuse is not quadripartite, standard in this later period, but a rough square incuse, which suggests that it was struck in an earlier period of coinage.