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Triton XV, Lot: 19. Estimate $1000.
Sold for $4750. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Thessalian League. Circa 470s-460s BC. AR Hemidrachm (13mm, 2.81 g, 1h). Forepart of horse r., emerging from rock / ΘΕΘΑ from top r. downwards retrograde, head of bearded Herakles to r., wearing lion’s skin headdress, all within incuse square. Traité IV, 603, pl. CCXCIV, 5. See also Nomos 4, 1006 (same rev. die). VF, obverse slightly off center, lightly toned, minor porosity.

There must be very few coins of this type known; the BM one, also cited in Traité, seems to be the only one published. See NC 1890, p. 317, 12 and pl. XIX, 6 for the publication of that coin as a coin of Pherai.