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ID:     79000137
Type:     Greek
City:     Uncertain Tribe
Metal:     Silver
Denomination:     Hemidrachm or Tetrobol
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     BC Circa 520-500
Weight:     2.35 g
Obverse Description:     Grape bunch
Reverse Description:     Quadripartite incuse square
Primary Reference:     SNG Cop 767
Reference2:     Boston MFA 1295
Reference3:     Weber 4731 (all as issue of Tenos in Cyclades)
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Grade:     Good VF, toned
Notes:     Sale: CNG 79, Lot: 137 Very rare. Ex Dr. Roland Maly Collection (LHS 100, 23 April 2007), lot 270; P.M. Proschowsky Collection (Rasmussen 245, 10 March 1970), lot 715; DurulfÉ Collection (Rollin et Feuardent, 9 May 1910), lot 479.This coin type has traditionally been attributed to the mint of Tenos in the Cyclades (see L. Artemis-Gyselen, “Les monnaies archaÏques de TÉnos” in RN 1977, class 2). However, more recent studies of the coinage of Tenos have concluded that this attribution was erroneous (see Sheedy, pp. 72-4, and R. Étienne & L. Artemis-Gyselen, "L'Atelier monÉtaire de TÉnos," in R. Étienne, Tenos II [Paris, 1990]). Sheedy’s analysis of the metrology of these archaic coins has led him to place them at an uncertain mint in the Thraco-Macedonian region.