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Leu Numismatik AG > Auction 4 Auction date: 25 May 2019
Lot number: 7

Price realized: 4,800 CHF   (Approx. 4,769 USD / 4,277 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
 
Lot description:
CELTIC, Northwest Gaul. Aulerci Cenomani. 2nd century BC. Stater (Gold, 20 mm, 7.29 g, 7 h), 'aux objets ovoides - personnage apère aux deux armes' type. Celticized laureate head of Apollo to right, with a strand of hair falling loose before the forehead. Rev. Devolved charioteer, driving cart drawn by a centaur to right, holding reins in his right hand and long branch ending in a vexillum-like banner in his left; below, male figure standing right, holding dagger (?) in his left hand and spear in his right. DT 2152. LT 6852. SLM 240-241. A bold and impressive piece of wonderful style. The reverse struck slightly off center, otherwise, good very fine.
From the Keltika Collection, Switzerland.
Estimate: 2000 CHF

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Numismatica Ars Classica NAC AG, Auction 87, lot 273, 8/10/2015

The Roman Empire 
Faustina II, daughter of Antoninus Pius and wife of Marcus Aurelius 
Diva Faustina. Sestertius 176-180, Æ 24.02 g. DIVA FAV – STINA PIA Draped bust r. Rev. AETERNITAS Faustina, holding sceptre, seated l. between two dancing girls with veils flying above their heads; below, S C. C 10. BMC M. Aurelius 1568. RIC M. Aurelius 1697.
Very rare and in exceptional condition for the issue. Struck on a very broad flan
and with a pleasant grey-green patina, extremely fine Aeternitas – eternity – was an extremely common theme with the diva coinages of both Faustinas, and there are a great many design types that accompany the inscription. The one on this sestertius of the younger Faustina ranks among the more elaborate and enigmatic of these types. Faustina, now deified, enthroned and holding a sceptre, as if a reflection of Juno, is accompanied by two young women holding billowed veils over their heads. The identity of the women is vague, and both Mattingly and Sydenham describe them rather literally as dancing girls. Mattingly, however, suggests they may be ‘the Hours’ (the Horae). If this remarkable scene is meant to represent Faustina’s heavenward journey, it joins company with three other reverse types that her widower Marcus Aurelius struck on her behalf: Faustina being escorted by a torch- bearing Victory, the empress seated on the back of Juno’s peacock, and her holding a billowed veil while standing in a biga.

ILLUSTRAZIONE: Terracotta figures, dancing females  Western Greek, 2nd century BC,  The Britisth Museum

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Classical Numismatic Group, triton IX, lot 419, 10/01/2006

BOIOTIA, Thebes. Circa 450-440 BC. AR Stater (12.29 g). Boiotian shield / Dionysos, wearing short chiton and himation flowing behind, running right, head turned left, holding thyrsos in right hand above his head and kantharos in left hand; (archaic Q)EBAIO-N downward on right; all within square incuse. Myron Hoard pl. A, 30 (same dies); Traité III 229, pl. CXCIX, 28 corr. (same rev. die; Dionysos not Herakles); SNG Delepierre 1351 (same rev. die). VF, pleasing light grey tone. Extremely rare and probably the finest known. ($15,000)
It is not sure whether Dionysos is running or dancing on the reverse of this powerfully engraved coin. Although the coin he could examine at the time was so worn that he saw a Herakles holding a club instead of Dionysos holding a thyrsos, Head (Boeotia, p. 32) described the scene as "kneeling right and looking back" rather than "running". The writer prefers to see this posture as having some ritualistic significance connected with Dionysiac dancing, known for its controlled and syncopated movements; something like watching a movie with only a couple of frames per second. This style of dancing, always accompanied by a trance-like state (something between ecstasy and a feeling of mental and physical abandon) has been carried over to our times and can still be witnessed occasionally in today's solo male dancing at the various bouzouki places in the outskirts of Athens and other Greek cities.
Estimate: $15000

ILLUSTRAZIONE: DIONISO, SATIRO E BACCANTE CHE DANZANO, RILIEVO ROMANO IN MARMO DEL I SECOLO D.C., BRITISH MUSEUM

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VALTERI

Da Lampsaco di Misia, un piccolo diobolo con 2 (quasi 3 ?) teste femminili di squisito, pieno arcaicismo : quella al rovescio della Dea guerriera Atena con elmo corinzio .

Passerà in asta Savoca 34 al lotto 134 a breve .

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Roma Numismatics Limited, Auction 11, lot 243, 7/04/2016

Kingdom of Macedon, Demetrios I Poliorketes AR Tetradrachm. Salamis, circa 300-295 BC. Nike, blowing a trumpet and holding a stylis, alighting to left on a left-facing galley prow / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΔΗΜΗΤΡΙΟΥ, Poseidon, nude but for wreath of reeds and a chlamys wrapped around his left arm, striding left, hurling trident from his upraised right hand; monogram of AYN to left, Σ to right. Unpublished in the Standard References, including Newell. 16.73g, 31mm, 5h.
Extremely Fine. Well struck and centred; engraved in very fine style and very well preserved for the type. Unpublished and possibly unique.

ILLUSTRAZIONE; Winged Victory of Samothrace circa 220-185 BC, Samothrace
Parian marble for the statue and gray Rhodian marble for the boat and base
total H. 5.57 m, Paris, Musée du Louvre

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Roma Numismatics Ltd > E-Sale 58 Auction date: 20 June 2019
Lot number: 1122  

Lot descrition:
Antoninus Pius AR Denarius. Rome, AD 144. ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laureate head right / ANNONA AVG, modius with two corn ears and two poppies. RIC 62a; RSC 33. 3.63g, 18mm, 1h. 
Good Very Fine; light tone over highly lustrous metal.
From the inventory of a UK dealer.
Estimate: 65 GBP

 

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Leu Numismatik AG > Web Auction 8 Auction date: 29 June 2019
Lot number: 1714
 
 
Lot description:
Isaac I Comnenus, 1057-1059. Histamenon (Gold, 26 mm, 4.42 g, 6 h), Constantinopolis. +IhX IIC RЄX RIςNANTҺIm Nimbate Christ enthroned facing, wearing tunic and pallium, raising his right hand in benediction and holding book of Gospels in his left. Rev. +ICAAKIOC RACIAЄVC PωM Isaac I Comnenus, bearded, standing facing in military attire, wearing crown with pendilia, holding sword upwards in his right hand and placing his left on scabbard. DOC 2. SB 1843. Good very fine.
Starting Price: 200 CHF

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Nomisma S.p.a. > Auction 59 Auction date: 14 May 2019
Lot number: 158
Price realized: 260 EUR   (Approx. 292 USD)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
 
Lot description:
Marco Antonio - Denario (32-31 a.C., zecca itinerante con Antonio in Oriente) Nave a d. - R/ LEG IX, aquila legionaria tra due insegne - Cr. 544/23 AG (g 3,66) Graffietto ma buon esemplare centrato   BB+   Starting Price: 200 EUR

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Classical Numismatic Group > Electronic Auction 446 Auction date: 19 June 2019
Lot number: 210  

MACEDON, Koinon of Macedon. Pseudo-autonomous issue. temp. Gordian III, AD 238-244. Æ (26mm, 10.33 g, 7h). Diademed head of Alexander the Great right / Lion walking right; club above. AMNG III 583. VF, silvered in antiquity.
Estimate: 100 USD

In questo giorno, il 10 giugno del 323 a.C. moriva a Babilonia Alessandro il Grande

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Nomos, Auction 7, lot 116, 15/05/2013

GREEK COINS
Cyclades
Naxos. Late 3rd-mid 2nd century BC. Didrachm (Silver, 7.83 g 1), Leokr(ates), c. 250 BC. Head of bearded Dionysos to right, wearing ivy wreath. Rev. NAΞI / ΛEΩKΡ Wreathed krater on a high foot with low handles; to right, thyrsos. Nicolet-Pierre, Cratérophores 2 (D2-R2, same dies, but this piece unlisted ). Very rare. Beautifully struck, of unusually fine quality and lightly toned. Virtually as struck. From the Spina Collection, ex Numismatica Ars Classica 27, 12 May 2004, 171 and Leu 65, 21 May 1996, 179.
This head of Dionysos has a very curious, almost hieratic quality, which makes it look as if it were an archaic cult statue that was ‘modernized’ by the die cutter. It does, in fact, have an almost Babylonian feeling to the way the beard is made, and the staring look is far from what one would expect in a contemporary Hellenistic portrait.

ILLUSTRAZIONE: Part of a triangular base with a relief of the statue of Dionysos being transported to the sanctuary of another god (Theoxenia), Getty Museum

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Numismatik Lanz München, Auction 105, lot 572, 26/11/2001

BRONZEPRäGUNG
BRONZEPRäGUNG DER KAISERZEIT
Autonome Prägungen unter Domitianus
No.: 572
Schätzpreis-Estimation: DM 150,-
Bronze. Kopf des Poseidon mit Tainia rechts, links dahinter Dreizack. Rs: Nackter Athlet nach rechts schreitend, in der Rechten Strigilis (?) und in der Linken auf den Boden gesetzte Keule haltend. Amandry Anon. L 11.1. corr. (D4b2/R8h) und Taf. XLVII = RPC 213, 3 corr. und Taf. 10, 213 (dieses Exemplar; das Objekt in der rechten Hand des Athleten jeweils nicht beschrieben). 3,52 g, St. 5. Selten. Dunkle, braungrüne Patina, sehr schön.

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Numismatica Ars Classica > Auction 114 Auction date: 6 May 2019
Lot number: 1149
Price realized: 1,600 CHF   (Approx. 1,572 USD / 1,405 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
 
Lot description:
Greek coins 
Thessaly, Larissa. Drachm circa 380-365, AR 5.98 g. Head of the nymph Larissa facing slightly l., wearing wreath of grain ears and necklace. Rev. Thessalian warrior galloping r., wearing tunic, chlamys, and petasos, holding lance. L-S Series 5, Dies O1/R1. BCD Thessaly II, 292 (this obverse die). cf. Leu 81, lot 190 = Leu 42, lot 210 (these dies)
Light tone; work of a very skilled master engraver; Surfaces
somewhat porous, otherwise about extremely fine
Ex Triton sale XVI, 2013, 338. From the BCD collection.
Estimate: 2000 CHF

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Jean Elsen & ses Fils S.A. > Auction 141 Auction date: 15 June 2019
Lot number: 24  

Lot description:
REGION THRACO-MACEDONIENNE, SIRIS ("LETE"), AR statère, vers 500 av. J.-C. D/ Satyre, avançant à d., saisissant par le bras une ménade dansant à d., t. à g., le bras g. levé. De part et d''autre, deux globules de chaque côté. R/ Carré creux irrégulier. Svoronos, Hellénisme primitif, pl. VII, 16 var.; AMNG pl. XIV, 21 var.; SNG Lockett 1323 var.; Kraay, ACGC, 515 var. 9,33g Très rare.  presque Superbe,   about Extremely Fine   
Estimate: 5000 EUR

ILLUSTRAZIONE: SATIRO E MENADE (MUSEO ARCHEOLOGICO DI NAPOLI)

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Dr. Busso Peus Nachfolger > e-Auction 8, 19/01/2019

Lot number: 363
Price realized: 110 EUR   (Approx. 125 USD)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees. 

Kilikien Soloi-Pompeiopolis
Bronze nach 66 v. Chr. Kopf des Cn. Pompeius Magnus / Nike mit Palmwedel und Kranz. SNG BN 1213-1217 var. (Beizeichen). 7.39 g.; Dunkelgrüne Patina Sehr schön.  Estimate: 100 EUR

ILLUSTRAZIONE: STATUA DI POMPEO MAGNO (PALAZZO SPADA, ROMA)

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Gemini, Auction VII, lot 520, 9/01/2011

Caria. Cnidus. c. 411-394 BC. Drachm, 5.99g. (h). Obv: Lion's head to right, roaring, paw outstretched. Rx: Κ-Ν-[Ι] Draped bust of Aphrodite facing to right, wearing sphendone and necklace. Truncation dotted. All within incuse square. Cahn, Knidos, p. 62, 106/4 (O54/R69, this coin). Obverse struck with worn die. VF.
The Rockefeller University/Dr. Alfred E. Mirsky .

ILLUSTRAZIONE:  copia romana del II-III secolo d.C. dell'Afrodite di Cnido, opera di Prassitele del 350-340 a.C.

 

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Numismatica Ars Classica NAC AG, Auction 84, lot 557, 20/05/2015

Greek Coins 
Calabria, Tarentum 
Nomos circa 315-300, AR 7.90 g. Naked ephebus on horse prancing r., holding reins, shield and two spears in l. hand and striking with spear in r.; below, ΣA. Rev. TAPAΣ Taras seated on dolphin l., holding trident and cantharus ; in upper l. field, AP ligate. In lower r. field, dolphin l. Vlasto 605 (these dies). SNG Fitzwilliam 278 (these dies). Fischer-Bossert 852. Historia Numorum Italy 937. 
Light iridescent tone and extremely fine
From a private Swiss collection.

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Numismatica Ibercoin > Online Auction 27 Auction date: 3 April 2019
Lot number: 89
Price realized: 155 EUR   (Approx. 174 USD)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
 

Lot description:
BOLSCAN. Denario. 180-20 a.C. Huesca. A/ Cabeza barbada a derecha, detrás letras ibéricas BoN. R/ Jinete con lanza a derecha, debajo leyenda ibérica. FAB-1911. Ar. 3,96g. EBC.
Starting Price: 100 EUR

ILLUSTRAZIONE: SOLDATI ROMANI CHE COMBATTONO CONTRO GUERRIERI CELTIBERI

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Nomos AG > obolos 13 Auction date: 2 July 2019
Lot number: 410  

CILICIA. Uncertain. Circa 4th Century BC. Obol (Silver, 11 mm, 0.69 g, 12 h). Turreted and bearded male head of Persian style to left. Rev. Bearded male head facing (Nergal?), with a turreted crown and with a facing lion's mask underneath and blending into his beard. SNG Cop. -. SNG Levante -. SNG France 485. SNG von Aulock -. Winzer 3.1 (as Artaxerxes III). A fine example of a rare and iconographically fascinating type. About extremely fine.
The head on the reverse of this coin is really extraordinary, even for 4th century Cilicia, which is well-known for unusual iconography. The Paris sylloge identifies the reverse portrait as possibly being that of Herakles: the turreted crown, off the flan on the Paris coin, makes that identification impossible. The most likely explanation is that the head is that of Nergal, the rather dark Mesopotamian god of war and pestilence. As such, this is an unexpectedly surprising iconographic coin type.
Starting Price: 125 CHF

ILLUSTRAZIONE: IL DIO NERGAL DELLA MITOLOGIA MESOPOTAMICA

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Nomos AG > obolos 13 Auction date: 2 July 2019
Lot number: 170  

Lot description:
SICILY. Herbessos. Circa 344-339/8 BC. Litra (Silver, 11 mm, 0.70 g, 6 h). Head of Sikelia to right, wearing myrtle wreath. Rev. EPBHΣ[ΣOΣ] Bearded head of the river-god Herbessos to right, wearing taenia. Campana 1. Rare. Very fine.
From a collection in Ticino, formed over 20 years ago. 
Starting Price: 50 CHF

ILLUSTRAZIONE: IL DIO FLUVIALE EUFRATE, MOSAICO GRECO-ROMANO DA ZEUGMA, I-II SECOLO.D.C.

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Nomos AG > obolos 13 Auction date: 2 July 2019
Lot number: 536  

Lot description:
LYDIA. Mostene. Claudius, with Agrippina Minor, 41-54. (Bronze, 19 mm, 3.84 g, 12 h), Pedanios. TI KΛAYΔION KAICAPA ΘEAN AΓΡIΠΠINAN Jugate draped busts of Claudius, laureate, and Agrippina to right. Rev. EΠI ΠEΔANIOY KAICAPEΩN MOCTHNΩN Rider on horseback right, carrying double axe. RPC 2461. SNG von Aulock 3029. Glossy dark green surfaces. Very fine.
Starting Price: 50 CHF

ILLUSTRAZIONE: CAVALIERE ROMANO IN ASSETTO DA CERIMONIA

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Nomos AG > obolos 13 Auction date: 2 July 2019
Lot number: 74  
BRUTTIUM. The Brettii. Circa 282-203 BC. Quartuncia (Bronze, 13.5 mm, 1.99 g, 1 h). Head of Amphitrite to left, wearing crab helmet; below, thunderbolt. Rev. BPET-TIΩN Crab; between claws, bunch of grapes. HN III 1944. Scheu 50. SNG ANS 120. With wonderful surfaces and a chocolate brown patina. Reverse struck slightly off-center, otherwise, extremely fine.
From the Vineyard Collection, ex Classical Numismatic Group 51, 15 September 1999, 75.
Starting Price: 150 CHF

Anfitrite era  una delle Nereidi, sposa di Poseidone. Tra i suoi figli figurano Tritone e Rodo. Ebbe culto non distinto da quello di Posidone.

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Nomos AG > obolos 13 Auction date: 2 July 2019
Lot number: 61  
LUCANIA. Metapontum. Circa 400-340 BC. Didrachm or nomos (Silver, 21 mm, 7.85 g, 4 h). Bearded head of Leukippos to right, wearing Corinthian helmet; behind, bunch of grapes. Rev. ΜΕ Barley ear with leaf to right. HN III 1553. Johnston Class A 4.3 (this coin). SNG Ashmolean 738 (same dies). Nicely toned and of particularly fine style. Possibly overstruck on a "pegasos", otherwise, about extremely fine.
From the Vineyard Collection, ex Triton I, 2 December 1997, 103 and from a private collection cited by Johnston in 1990.
Starting Price: 300 CHF

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Numismatica Ars Classica > Auction 114 Auction date: 6 May 2019
Lot number: 570
Price realized: 32,000 CHF   (Approx. 31,443 USD / 28,104 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
 
Octavian, 32 – 29 BC. Denarius, uncertain Eastern mint 28, AR 3.86 g. CAESAR·DIVI F· – COS·VI Bare head r.; below neck, small capricorn. Rev. AEGVPTO / CAPTA Crocodile r. with jaws closed. C 4. BMC 653. Sear Imperators 432. RIC 545. CBN 928
Very rare and in exceptional condition for the issue, undoubtedly among the finest
specimens known of this important and intriguing issue. Struck on fresh
metal and with a light iridescent tone. Good extremely fine
Ex Rome Numismatics sale XIII, 2017, 728.Egypt would play a surprising role in the imperatorial period throughout much of the civil war. Having been under Ptolemaic rule since the death of Alexander the Great it would come down to the manipulative Cleopatra VII to try and save her dynasty. Shown on coinage not to be the great beauty that has been portrayed in film she was rather a master at playing her odds to maximum success. And Egypt itself would be: the scene of the first romance between Caesar and Cleopatra; the site of the killing of Pompey the Great; the place where Cleopatra captivated Marc Antony and showed him "how to live as a king"; and it would be the place where Antony and Cleopatra would finally die. Cleopatra had seduced Julius Caesar and managed to secure her right to rule with his support when he settled the dispute with her young brother Ptolemy XIII. She was staying in Rome as a "guest" of Caesar at the time of his assassination. She was able to return to Egypt and watch things play out between the successors of Caesar and the last loyalists to the republican cause. When it became clear that the Caesareans would win she formed an allegiance with Marc Antony. It must have seemed a fortuitous move on her part when Antony divorced Octavia and wed her. Surely if Antony could maintain his power she would continue to rule Egypt unimpeded. She had placed great reliance on this relationship by supplying Antony with both funds
ammunition that he needed to declare war on Antony and, in the process, gain the blessing of the Roman senate. Overtly, war was declared on Cleopatra – not Antony. It came to the point where she could now see what a great risk she had taken. Her only hope was that Antony would prevail and her dynasty would be preserved. The battle of Actium would prove to be the turning point in the battle between the two triumvirs. Antony was significantly supported in this battle by ships supplied by the queen and when the battle was lost so, in turn, was any remaining hope that she had chosen the correct alliance. It is reported that in a last ditch effort she offered herself to Octavian with the hope that she could salvage Egypt. It was not to be and Cleopatra was eliminated and Egypt was lost. It is important to recognize that the new province of Egypt was not to be owned by Rome but to be the personal property of Octavian. The wealth of this territory would not fill the coffers at Rome but rather the pockets of the, soon to be, emperor himself. The role of Egypt as a major supplier of grain would increase with Roman control. It would become a key factor in managing the ever growing population of Rome itself. Here the coin says much but in a most interesting way. Egypt was indeed captured, but not for the empire. It was captured for Octavian. It had to be a most personal of coin types for the sole survivor of the civil war. The historical importance of this coin cannot be overstated.
Estimate: 25000 CHF

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Numismatica Ars Classica > Auction 114 Auction date: 6 May 2019
Lot number: 32

Price realized: 80,000 CHF   (Approx. 78,609 USD / 70,260 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
 

Rhegium. Tetradrachm circa 300-280, AR 17.29 g. [PHΓINOΣ] Laureate head of Apollo l., long hair falling in curls over neck. Rev. Lion's head facing. SNG ANS 676. Herzfelder 115. Historia Numorum Italy 2501.
Very rare and among the finest specimens known. A superb Hellenistic portrait of
enchanting beauty, work of a very talented master engraver. Struck in high
relief and with a lovely light iridescent tone. Good extremely fine
Ex Tkalec sale 19 February 2001, 18.Perhaps during the 290s, but conceivably a decade before, Agathocles of Syracuse was involved in a poorly recorded campaign in Bruttium in which he captured Hipponium and Croton. Rhegium, as an ancient enemy of Syracuse, which had burnt Rhegium nearly two centuries before, should have been involved in some way. Our coin seems closely related to certain issues from Syracuse and Punic Sicily, and moreover depicts the solar deity Apollo and a lion, which, although the emblems of the city since time immemorial, seem singularly appropriate to the typology favoured by the tyrants of the new Hellenistic world. These splendid dies could well have been engraved by the master who cut the best dies of the Agathocles Kore coinage and perhaps also those of the vastly rare Ptolemaic-type gold stater of the same ruler.
Estimate: 60000 CHF

ILLUSTRAZIONE: FREGIO ARCHITETTONICO DEL VI SECOLO A.C. DA KAUOLONIA

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