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Triton XXIV

Lot nuber 445

MACEDON, Sermyle. Circa 500-470 BC. AR Tetradrachm (29mm, 16.28 g). Attic standard.

Triton XXIV
Lot: 445.
 Estimated: $ 10 000

Greek, Coin-in-Hand Video, Silver

Sold For $ 9 000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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MACEDON, Sermyle. Circa 500-470 BC. AR Tetradrachm (29mm, 16.28 g). Attic standard. Warrior, holding spear aloft in right hand, on horseback right; pellet to left, SERMVΛIAO-N below / Quadripartite incuse square. AMNG III/2, 2, pl. XXI, 4 = Traité I 1667, pl. LIII, 2 (same obv. die); HGC 3, 661; SNG ANS –; Hirsch 987. Toned, trace deposits, some granularity, die break on reverse. Near EF. Very rare.

Ex Lanz 128 (22 May 2006), lot 85; Leu 86 (5 May 2003), lot 337.

Very little is known of the early history of Sermyle. During the Greco-Persian Wars, the city supplied troops and ships to the Persians, and afterward became a member of the Thracian District of the Delian League. During the Peloponnesian War, many of their citizens were killed by the Peloponnesians, and Sermyle was turned over to the Chalkidians until the Peace of Nikias, whereafter the city appears under Athenian control. In the 4th century BC, Sermyle joined the Chalkidian League, and was apparently one of the cities destroyed by Philip II, as it disappears from the historical record after 348 BC. The coinage of the city was small, with a short issue of silver tetradrachms and fractions in the early 5th century, and a limited issue of bronze in the early 4th BC.

The final winners of all Triton XXIV lots will be determined during the live online sale that will be held on 19-20 January 2021. This lot is in Session Two, which begins 19 January 2021 at 2 PM ET.

Winning bids are subject to a 20% buyer's fee for bids placed on this website and 22.50% for all others.

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