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ID:     194953
     [UNVERIFIED]
Type:     Greek
Region:     CYPRUS
City:     Uncertain Cypriot Mint
Date Ruled:     Circa 450 BC
Metal:     Silver
Denomination:     Stater
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     BC Circa 450
Weight:     10.52 g
Obverse Description:     Cow right suckling calf, eagle flying right, ankh in right field topped with owl's head
Reverse Description:     Bull standing right, plow above, owl's head below
Primary Reference:     Cahier 17 (1992-1), plate II, 5 (same dies)
Reference2:     SNG France 440 (Cilicia, Uncertain, this coin referenced)
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Source:     http://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=51468
Grade:     Good VF
Notes:     Extremely rare; one of only three known coins.Ex Geissener M√únzhandlung 44 (3 April 1989), lot 463. The examples of this coin are known: this piece, the Paris specimen, and one in a private collection (from Leu 50, lot 216). There is another coin in Paris from the Seyrig Collection which is stuck from the same dies, but in an earlier state, before the dies were recut to add the owl heads. Originally attributed to a Phoenician mint and later an uncertain Cilician mint, M. Amandry has since convincingly argued that the style does not fit the Sidonian origin and directs one to another coin (see Sternberg XVII, 180) possibly from the same obverse die, but with heavier recutting, that has a more Cypriote-appearing reverse.