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LOT 013

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GBP (£) 500 - 700
EUR (€) 590 - 830
USD ($) 650 - 900

GREECE - THRACE - ABDERA - AUTONOMOUS COINAGE - DIDRACHM
(7.83 grams.).

540-535 BC. Obv: griffin seated left on groundline, curved wing, right foreleg raised (?) with no legend. Rev: quadripartite incuse square with no legend. Extremely rare as didrachm. About very fine.

LITERATURE:
Not listed in standard references; (cf. Sear 1533 var.); see Wildwinds.com (this coin and the CNG example).

FOOTNOTES:
Didrachms are very rare. May lists only three in his corpus, CNG sold another similar (with griffin having a smooth wing and a feathered breast) 5 years ago (CNG 69, Lot: 230, described as unique and realised $2,000 plus premiums; also ex CNG 55, lot 55). From the weight this can only be a didrachm and the fact that it is facing left limits it to Abdera.