AR Triemiobol (1/4 Drachm)
late 5th-4th centuries BC
Two young male heads facing, side by side, the left upright, the right inverted
[IΣT]PIH, Sea-eagle grasping dolphin, which it attacks with its beak; below tail, Z control mark
11.74mm, 1.60g, (relative to obverse position in photo)
aEF, well struck, darkly-toned
ex Classical Numismatic Group eAuction 412 (17 January 2018), Lot 51
The finest Istros hemiobol we have enountered, this coin is in exceptional condition for its type; it surpasses all other examples in online auction archives.
Istros was a Milesian Colony which produced a large volume of silver coins during the first half of the 4th century, indicating that it was a place of significant commerce.