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ID:     851541
     [UNVERIFIED]
Type:     Greek
Region:     SICILY, ISLANDS OFF
City:     Lipara
Date Ruled:     Circa 425 BC
Metal:     Bronze
Denomination:     Hemilitron
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     BC Circa 425
Diameter:     38 mm
Weight:     35.80 g
Die Axis:     11 h
Obverse Description:     Head of Aiolos right, wearing pilos
Reverse Legend:     ΛIΠAPAI[ON]
Reverse Description:     Stylized stern of galley left; six pellets (mark of value) above, ΛIΠAPAI[ON] below
Primary Reference:     Manganaro, Vittoria 46 = CNS 3/6 = Virzi 2084 (this coin)
Reference2:     SNG Cop 1084-5
Reference3:     BMC 1-5
Reference4:     SNG Morcom -; Laffaille -; McClean 3055
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Source:     http://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=148776
Grade:     VF, brown patina
Notes:     Rare. From the J. Olphin Collection. Ex David Freedman Collection (Triton V, 15 January 2002), lot 282; Tom Virzi Collection (Leu 6, 8 May 1973), lot 280; Ars Classica X (5 June 1925), lot 349.Aiolos was the god of the winds in Greek mythology. He was associated with the group of islands between Sicily and Italy, which were appropriately named the Aiolian Islands, of which Lipara was the largest and most important. In fact, Aiolos himself supposedly resided on the island of Lipara, hence his representation of their coins.