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ID:     74000027
     [UNVERIFIED]
Type:     Greek
Region:     CALABRIA
City:     Tarentum
Issuer:     Time of Alexander the Molossian
Date Ruled:     Circa 333-331/0 BC
Metal:     Gold
Denomination:     Hemilitra
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     BC Circa 333-331/0
Weight:     0.43 g
Die Axis:     7 h
Obverse Description:     Radiate head of Helios facing slightly right
Reverse Legend:     ΤΑΠΑΝ / ΑΠΟΛ
Reverse Description:     TAPAN, thunderbolt; APOL below
Primary Reference:     Fischer-Bossert G3b (V3/R3) = Vlasto 14 (this coin)
Reference2:     HN Italy 906
Reference3:     SNG Lloyd 188
Reference4:     SNG ANS 977; SNG France 1775-6; SNG Cop 833; Jameson 145; McClean 596 (all from the same dies)
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Source:     http://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=96440
Grade:     Good VF, underlying luster, slight die wear on reverse
Notes:     Sale: Triton X, Lot: 27 Very rare. From the David Herman Collection. Ex Triton V (15 January 2002), lot 1050; Classical Numismatic Group 40 (with Numismatica Ars Classica, 4 December 1996), lot 591; A. Moretti Collection (forthcoming), 9; M. P. Vlasto Collection, 14.This issue mimics the types employed by Alexander of Epiros on his gold fractions (see next lot), and confirms the chronological placement of this issue during his expedition to aid the Tarentines against the Samnites, Brettii, and Lucani.