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ID:     81002331
     [UNVERIFIED]
Type:     Greek
Region:     LAKONIA
City:     Lakedaemon (Sparta)
Issuer:     Kleomenes III
Date Ruled:     235-222 BC
Metal:     Bronze
Denomination:     Hexachalkon
Struck / Cast:     struck
Weight:     8.83 g
Die Axis:     9 h
Obverse Description:     Eagle standing left on thunderbolt
Reverse Legend:     Λ - A
Reverse Description:     Winged thunderbolt; Λ-A flanking
Primary Reference:     Grunauer group IV, 2 var. (V-/R2 [unlisted obv. die? -- see note])
Reference2:     BCD Peloponnesos 843-4
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Source:     http://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=141350
Grade:     VF, green, brown, and red patina
Notes:     Sale: CNG 81, Lot: 2331 Very rare. Ex BCD Collection (not in LHS sale); Christie’s (17 July 1986), lot 53 (part of).Unlike most of the obverses for this group, the eagle on this coin appears to have its head raised. It appears to probably be a match to the obverse of Grunauer pl. 3, 6, but the head on that coin is a little obscured. Interestingly, Grunauer lists that coin as having obverse die V2, but a comparison with the other plated examples from this die show that this cannot be correct. In fact, a comparison of the leading edge of the eagle’s far wing in these photos also suggests that some of the other coins are probably not from obverse die V2 as well.