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Pictured: Pyrrhus of Epirus sold for £312,000<br />
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A connoisseur's impressive collection of 561 Ancient Greek coins has sold for a staggering £8.42million.<br />
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The collection, described as the 'finest' to appear on the market for over a decade, fetched double its £4million estimate. Some rare examples achieved up to eight times their valuations after an international bidding war.<br />
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The marquee lot was an almost 2,500 year-old silver tetradrachm from the Silician city of Naxos which fetched £660,000. The coin depicts the head of the wine god Dionysos on one side, with his woodland companion, the drunken and naked Silenos, on the reverse.<br />
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A silver dekadrachm of Syracuse struck in 405BC went for £384,000, while a stater of Pryrhhus (295-272BC) achieved £312,000.<br />
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The sale, conducted by London-based auctioneers Morton & Eden, featured coins from the 6th to the 1st century BC.