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Sale: Triton V, Lot: 349. Estimate $600. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 16 January 2002. 
Sold For $1100. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Mopsion . Circa 350 BC. Æ 19mm (8.02 gm). Three-quarter facing head of Zeus, slightly right; thunderbolt in right field / The Lapith Mopsos, standing facing wielding club, about to strike Centaur who stands left holding a boulder over his head. SNG Copenhagen -; BMC Thessaly -; Laffaille -; McClean 4648. Near VF, dark brown patina with lighter high points. Very rare. ($600)

Ex Classical Numismatic Group Auction 51 (15 September 1999), lot 265.

Mopsion, a small town situated on a hill between Larissa and Tempe, was named after Mopsos, the son of Amphycus. He was gifted with the power to understand the speech of birds, and traveled with Jason and the Argonauts as their seer. Mopsos met his death in Libya when he was bitten in the shin when he stepped on a poisonous serpent which had sprung from the blood of Medusa's head.