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89000093

Homolion. Lot of 3 coins.

Triton XV, Lot: 93. Estimate $150.
Sold for $475. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Lot of 3 coins.

(93.1) THESSALY, Homolion. Circa 350 BC. Æ Trichalkon (21mm, 8.69 g, 7h). Bearded head of Philoktetes to l., wearing conical pilos; behind his head, Τ / [ΟΜ]ΟΛ l. up, ΙΕΩΝ r. down, serpent coiled to r., behind its head, bunch of grapes. Rogers 260, fig. 129; SNG Cop. 73; Pozzi (Boutin) 2739. VF, dark olive green patina with a few small patches of dark red.

Ernest Babelon (Traité 2, IV, 755a) considered the style of this obverse die remarkable and suggested that the letter Τ behind the head of Philoktetes was the signature of the famous Telephantos, known by his masterly Pharsalos drachm dies (see the reverse die of lot 640 below for the full name).

(93.2) THESSALY, Homolion. Circa 350 BC. Æ Dichalkon (17mm, 5.80 g, 5h). Bearded head of Philoktetes to r., wearing conical pilos / ΙΛΟΜΟ l. up, ΚΟΝ r. down, serpent coiled to r. Rogers 262 var. [see note below]. Good VF, dark reddish black patina.

Said to have been found in Macedon.

Rogers illustrates (fig. 131) a BM coin that was not in the museum collection when BMC Thessaly was published. The obverse die is different to ours and the reverse photograph does not show the order of the letters but is clear enough to confirm that the reverse dies are also different. It is therefore probable but not certain that the arrangement and order of the letters on the BM piece are not the same as on this coin.

(93.3) THESSALY, Homolion. Circa 350 BC. Æ Dichalkon (19mm, 5.15 g, 7h). Bearded head of Philoktetes to r., wearing conical pilos / ΟΜΟΛΙ r. up, ΚΟΝ l. up, serpent coiled to r. Rogers 265. VF, dark brown patina with a few small areas of dark red.