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Sale: CNG 73, Lot: 115. Estimate $1500. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 13 September 2006. 
Sold For $1600. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THRACO-MACEDONIAN TRIBES, Mygdones or Krestones. Circa 480-470 BC. AR Stater (9.31 g). Goat kneeling right, head reverted; dotted rosette above / Quadripartite incuse square. Lorber, Goats, Issue 4; HPM pl. III, 17 var. (solid rosette); AMNG II, p. 20, 14 and pl. V, 30. Good VF, minor porosity, small flan split. Rare.

Originally attributed to the Macedonian city of Aigai, this series has recently been re-evaluated by O. Picard ("Les monnaies au bouc attribuées à Aigai," BSFN 50/6, 1995) and C. Lorber (see above), who have convincingly shown that, based on linguistic and iconographic evidence, Aigai cannot possibly be correct. Lorber also re-evaluated the numismatic and historical evidence, and synthesized her findings with metrological, iconographic, and hoard data to conclude that these coins were actually tribal issues emanating from an area west or southwest of Bisaltia, probably inhabited by the Mygdones or Krestones.