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ID:     77000029
     [UNVERIFIED]
Type:     Greek
Region:     BRUTTIUM
City:     Locri Epizephrii
Issuer:     Time of Pyrrhos of Epeiros
Date Ruled:     Circa 281-272 BC
Metal:     Gold
Denomination:     1/10 Stater
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     BC circa 280
Weight:     0.91 g
Die Axis:     7 h
Obverse Legend:     ΟΛ
Obverse Description:     Head of eagle left with serpent in its beak
Reverse Description:     Winged thunderbolt
Primary Reference:     HN Italy 2346
Reference2:     SNG ANS 498
Reference3:     SNG Lloyd -
Reference4:     SNG Ashmolean -; SNG Cop 1857; Jameson 447; Pozzi 795
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Source:     http://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=114452
Grade:     VF, usual area of flat strike, minor die break on reverse.
Notes:     Sale: Triton XI, Lot: 29 This issue has been attributed to the period of either Alexander the Molossian (Pozzi) or Pyrrhos of Epeiros (Kraay), as both used the thunderbolt as a representative symbol on their coinage. Kraay's argument is more persuasive: the average weight of of this issue fits more precisely in the denominational system of gold coinage in Magna Graecia during the third century, and a parallel issue struck at Tarentum has been definitively placed during the time of Pyrrhos (cf. HN Italy 992).