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ID:     73000325
     [UNVERIFIED]
Type:     Greek
Region:     IONIA
City:     Magnesia ad Meandrum
Metal:     Silver
Denomination:     Obol
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     BC Circa 470-450
Weight:     0.97 g
Die Axis:     5 h
Obverse Description:     Bearded male head right, wearing tainia
Reverse Legend:     M-A
Reverse Description:     Barley grain; M-A flanking; all in dotted square within incuse square
Primary Reference:     Apparently unpublished
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Source:     http://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=90809
Grade:     Good VF, toned, porous
Notes:     Sale: CNG 73, Lot: 325 Possibly unique. This interesting early coin of Magnesia has obverse and reverse types similar to issues of Themistokles (cf. NollÉ & Wenninger Th3a and Th5c, respectively), but lacks any form of his name. A similar reverse type is also found on issues of circa 400 BC (cf. SNG Kayhan 393-394), but the overall style and fabric of our coin suggests that it was struck earlier, either shortly before or after the time of Themistokles.