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89000041

Ainianes. Hypata. Lot of 6 coins.

Triton XV, Lot: 41. Estimate $2500.
Sold for $7500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Lot of 6 coins.

(41.1) THESSALY, Ainianes. Hypata. 1st century BC. AR Trihemidrachm or Stater (26mm, 7.11 g, 12h). Magistrate Damoti.... Head of Athena r. wearing Attic helmet decorated with tendril, pegasus and four horse protomes / ΑΙΝΙΑΝΩΝ l. up, ΔΑΜΟΤΙ 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., deer head facing. Callataÿ, Argent, p. 131, 44 (this coin); Jameson 1081 (this coin). Near EF, a small piece of the edge at obverse 9 o’clock broken off and reattached. Attractive cabinet tone. The edge break and reattachment of this piece shows on the Jameson plate and is also mentioned in the catalogue coin description.

Acquired from Leu, 22 April 1980, for CHF 300.

Jameson’s preference for handsome, pleasing to the eye coins is obvious when one looks through his collection’s publication and apparently he could not resist this didrachm which has the most artistic obverse of the whole series.

(41.2) THESSALY, Ainianes. Hypata. 1st century BC. AR Trihemidrachm or Stater (24mm, 6.97 g, 12h). Magistrate Nikanor (?). Head of Athena r. wearing Attic helmet decorated with tendril, pegasus and four horse protomes / ΑΙΝΙΑΝΩΝ l. up, [ΝΙ]ΚΑΝΩΡ 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. Callataÿ, Argent, p. 130, 34 (this coin). VF, toned, even gray tone.

It seems that this is the only known piece with this magistrate and so this writer has taken the liberty to reconstruct the name on the reverse according to what he thought was the most likely solution.

(41.3) THESSALY, Ainianes. Hypata. 1st century BC. AR Trihemidrachm or Stater (24.5mm, 5.92 g, 12h). Magistrate Polykleitos or Polykles (?). Head of Athena r. wearing Attic helmet decorated with tendril, pegasus and four horse protomes / [Α]ΙΝΙΑΝΩΝ l. up, ΠΟΛΥΚΛ... 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; to the r. a symbol of a standing figure or a trophy. Callataÿ, Argent, p. 131, 45 (this coin). Near VF, toned, with some darker areas.

Acquired from Leu, April 1972, for CHF 400.

Again, this seems to be the only one known specimen with this incomplete name so there has been an attempt to suggest two possible solutions that come to mind.

(41.4) THESSALY, Ainianes. Hypata. 1st century BC. AR Trihemidrachm or Stater (22mm, 7.14 g, 12h). Magistrate Nikoboulos. Head of Athena r. wearing Attic helmet decorated with tendril, pegasus and four horse protomes / ΑΙΝΙΑΝΩΝ l. up, ΝΙΚΟΒΟΥΛΟΣ 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. Callataÿ, Argent, p. 130, 31 (this coin). SNG Cop. 15. Near VF, toned, some old scratches under the toning, a bit porous.

Acquired from Alex Malloy, June 1975, for $1000; ex Fred Knobloch FPL 33, April 1968, 671.


(41.5) THESSALY, Ainianes. Hypata. 1st century BC. AR Trihemidrachm or Stater (25mm, 7.54 g, 12h). Magistrate Menedamos. Head of Athena r. wearing Attic helmet decorated with tendril, pegasus and four horse protomes / ΑΙΝΙΑΝΩΝ l. up, ΜΕΝΕΔΑΜΟΣ 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. Callataÿ, Argent, p. 128, 5 (this coin). VF, toned.

Ex NFA IV (24 March 1977) 177, hammer $600; Ancient Gens MBS 31 October 1972, 39.


(41.6) THESSALY, Ainianes. Hypata. 1st century BC. AR Trihemidrachm or Stater (24mm, 6.69 g, 12h). Magistrate Damophilos. Head of Athena r. wearing Attic helmet decorated with tendril, pegasus and four horse protomes / ΑΙΝΙΑΝΩΝ l. up, ΔΑΜΟΦΙΛΟΣ 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; symbol to r., helmet. Callataÿ, Argent, p. 128, 9 (this coin). VF, numerous cleaning scratches under the tone.

Ex NAC auction A (27 February 1991) 1383, hammer CHF 625.