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ID:     77000101
Type:     Greek
City:     Derrones
Metal:     Silver
Denomination:     Dodekadrachm
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     BC Circa 480-465
Weight:     31.19 g
Obverse Description:     Driver, holding goad in right hand, driving ox cart left; above, crested Corinthian helmet left; aphlaston below
Reverse Description:     Triskeles right
Primary Reference:     Topalov 9 var. (no symbol below ox)
Reference2:     HPM pl. I, 12 var. (same)
Reference3:     AMNG III/2, 10 var. (same)
Reference4:     TraitÉ I 1448 var. (same); SNG ANS -; SNG Cop -; Dewing 1015 var. (palmette not aphlaston)
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Grade:     EF, lightly toned, minor edge splits, light scuff on reverse
Notes:     Sale: Triton XI, Lot: 101 Good metal Although this variety with Corinthian helmet and aphlaston is unpublished, an aphlaston is known on issues with an eagle or wheel above the ox (cf. C. Sternberg, “Ein umgeschnittener Vorderseitenstempel einer GrossmÜnze der Derronen” in SM 137 [February 1985], p. 5, 3-4). The context and meaning of the types of the Derrones' dodekadrachms are still being debated. Little is known of this tribe other than what can be gleaned from their surviving coinage. Hoard find-spots suggest that they inhabited inland Paeonia, and the absence of their coins from the Asyut hoard suggests that the coinage postdates the burial of that hoard. The obverse type depicts a male figure who is most likely the tribal king and hereditary high priest while the helmet suggests a military reference.