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ID:     79000030
Type:     Greek
Region:     LUCANIA
City:     Velia
Metal:     Silver
Denomination:     Drachm
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     BC Circa 510-465
Weight:     3.72 g
Obverse Legend:     B
Obverse Description:     Forepart of lion right, B behind shoulder, devouring leg of stag
Reverse Description:     Rough incuse square punch
Primary Reference:     cf. Williams 38-9 (with letters A and E)
Reference2:     HN Italy 1259 var. (letter B not listed)
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Grade:     VF, toned
Notes:     Sale: CNG 79, Lot: 30 Unpublished with letter B. Williams identifies two coins of this type with a letter on the lion, as here. The first, with an A (Williams 38 = SNG Ashmolean 1079), is certain. Another, which is in a private collection (Williams 39 = Garrucci, pl. CXVIII, 24), has an E, but Williams was not certain whether the letter was actually in the die. A cast of that coin in the BM is inconclusive (HN apparently thinks not, as the letter E is not noted). Nonetheless, Williams thought that, if the E was in the die, the most likely purpose for such letters would be that they are part of some alphabetical sequence marks, a practice that was certainly used in later series. The present coin, with B, not only comports with this hypothesis, but also suggests that the E on the Garrucci coin was, in fact, in the die.