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ID:     851569
     [UNVERIFIED]
Type:     Greek
Region:     SICILY, ISLANDS OFF
City:     Lipara
Date Ruled:     Circa 425 BC
Metal:     Bronze
Denomination:     Hexas
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     BC Circa 425
Diameter:     27 mm
Weight:     15.28 g
Die Axis:     1 h
Obverse Description:     Head of Aiolos right, wearing pilos
Reverse Legend:     ΠΙΛ
Reverse Description:     Two pellets (mark of value) above and below ΛΙΠ (retrograde)
Primary Reference:     Manganaro, Vittoria 126 = CNS 6/2 = Virzi 2090 (this coin)
Reference2:     SNG Cop 1087
Reference3:     BMC 10-3
Reference4:     SNG Morcom 862; Laffaille -
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Source:     http://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=148778
Grade:     VF, green patina.
Notes:     From the J. Olphin Collection. Ex Triton III (30 November 1999), lot 359; Tom Virzi Collection (photofile), 2090.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.