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89000030

Ainianes. Hypata. Lot of 4 coins.

Triton XV, Lot: 30. Estimate $400.
Sold for $1200. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Lot of 4 coins.

(30.1) THESSALY, Ainianes. Hypata. Mid 4th century BC. AR Hemidrachm (16mm, 2.49 g, 11h). Laureate and bearded head of Zeus to r. / ΑΙΝΙΑΝ l. up, ΩΝ r. down, the hero Phemios, naked but for a belt holding a short sword in a scabbard, chlamys draped over his shoulders and his left arm, standing l., facing front with his head turned to r., hurling a javelin with his r. hand and holding his petasos with his l. as if it were a small shield. SNG Ashmolean 3826. Pozzi (Boutin) 2710. VF, slightly uneven old toning and surfaces a little “weathered”; much rarer than the obv. “head left” hemidrachms and perhaps the prototype of the series.


(30.2) THESSALY, Ainianes. Hypata. Mid 4th century BC. AR Hemidrachm (16mm, 2.72 g, 5h). Laureate and bearded head of Zeus to l. / ΑΙΝΙΑΝ l. up, ΩΝ r. down, the hero Phemios, naked but for a belt holding a short sword in a scabbard, chlamys draped over his shoulders and his left arm, standing l., facing front with his head turned to r., hurling a javelin with his r. hand and holding his petasos with his l. as if it were a small shield. See Nomos 4, 1013 for the same rev. die. VF, has been cleaned and now beginning to tone, orange iridescent highlights around the obverse portrait.


(30.3) THESSALY, Ainianes. Hypata. Mid 4th century BC. AR Hemidrachm (15.5mm, 2.74 g, 12h). Laureate and bearded head of Zeus to l. / ΑΙΝΙΑΝΩΝ, the hero Phemios, naked but for a belt holding a short sword in a scabbard, chlamys draped over his shoulders and his left arm, standing l., facing front with his head turned to r., hurling a javelin with his r. hand and holding his petasos with his l. as if it were a small shield; on the ground line between his feet, the letter Φ sideways. See Nomos 4, 1011 (same rev. die). VF, has been cleaned and now beginning to tone, orange iridescent highlights around the devices.


(30.4) THESSALY, Ainianes. Hypata. 3rd century BC. AR Hemidrachm (14.5mm, 2.29 g, 12h). Magistrate Εu... Laureate and bearded head of Zeus to l. / ΑΙΝΙΑΝ l. up, ΩΝ r. down, the hero Phemios, naked, chlamys draped over his shoulders and his left arm, standing l., facing front with his head turned to r., hurling a javelin with his r. hand and holding his petasos with his l. as if it were a small shield. Weber 2784 var.; Winterthur 1677 var. [ΕΥ-BIO on the reverse]. VF, some porosity, small scrape across cheek under gun metal tone.

The reverse die was reworked, probably while minting was in progress, to show only ΕΥ instead of the original ΕΥ-ΒΙΟ. The reason must have been a developing die flaw on the lower right area of the reverse that was concealing the 4 letters. When re-engraving took place, the first two (ΕΥ) were thought to be adequate. The part of the die flaw that was not reworked upon can now be seen below the newly engraved ΕΥ.