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Triton XV, Lot: 88. Estimate $150.
Sold for $1300. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Herakleia Trachinia. Circa 370s - 350s BC. AR Obol (10mm, 0.71 g, 4h). Head of lion l., holding spear in its mouth / ΗΡΑ, bow with string upwards over quiver seen on its side, its straps forming coils in the field above. SNG München 25; Traité IV, 444, pl. CCLXXXVII, 7. VF, toned, small scratch on the quiver.

For this particular specimen, the writer concedes that it is the quiver straps, in spite of their excessive length, rather than a serpent, that fill the remaining area of the coin’s surface.