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    Outstanding Acragas Rarity

    SICILY. Acragas. Ca. 410-406 BC. AV 2 litrai - 1/5 stater - diobol (11mm, 1.35 gm, 1h). Silanos, magistrate. Eagle standing left, clasping snake in its talons, on rock outcropping; AKPA above; two pellets (denomination mark) on rocks / Crab; below, ΣIΛA/NOΣ (retrograde). HGC 2, 75 (R2). SNG ANS 998-9. Very rare. NGC Choice AU? 5/5 - 5/5.

    From The Lexington Collection of Jonathan K. Kern.

    This is a very rare issue, with only ten other examples on the open market in the past decade. The present example certainly ranks near the top of that short list. As this was such a short-produced issue, there were only so many dies used, meaning the small die break seen on the obverse on the tail of the eagle is fairly standard. Likewise, the slight waviness seen on the reverse of the flan is typical of this series. See, for example, Triton VI (14 January 2003), lot 94 and Hess-Divo 309 (28 April 2008), lot 14 for two other examples that have the same fabric and are struck from the same dies. 


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