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89000034
Triton XV, Lot: 34. Estimate $750.
Sold for $2500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Ainianes. Hypata. 1st century BC. AR Trihemidrachm or Stater (25mm, 7.58 g, 12h). Magistrate Alexandros. Head of Athena r. wearing Attic helmet decorated with tendril, pegasus and four horse protomes / ΑΙΝΙΑΝΩΝ l. up, ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡ r. down, Phemios as a slinger, naked but for chlamys over his shoulder and sword in scabbard, shooting sling to right; behind, leaning against his right leg, two spears; in field r. palm branch with two ribbons, dates hanging from it. Callataÿ, Argent, p. 131, 47 (this coin). Good VF, nice old collection tone.

Ex Sotheby’s 22 April 1970, 121, hammer £ 85; Naville - Ars Classica XV (2 July 1930) 624; J. Hirsch XXV (29 November 1909) Philipsen, 577 corr. [weight given wrongly as 6.58 instead 7.58].

In Nomos 4, these coins are called trihemidrachms. This writer believes they were staters (didrachms) of an even more “reduced” standard when compared to other late Hellenistic issues (see ASW’s note after lot 1018). Both alternatives are listed in this catalogue and the reader can pick the one he prefers.