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Triton XV, Lot: 96. Estimate $300.
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Kierion (IACP 398)

Almost nothing is known about ancient Kierion. There are remains of walls, perhaps later Archaic in origin but certainly Classical, and there seem to be some Hellenistic remains as well. The city’s coinage is its most interesting vestige and is quite extensive. It began between 400 BC and 360 BC with very rare small silver and less rare bronze coins. In the 350s the city produced some extremely rare staters along with more plentiful small silver and some bronze coins that continued to the end of the 4th century BC, if not slightly later.

THESSALY, Kierion. Early to mid 4th century BC. AR Obol (12.5mm, 0.79 g, 1h). Horse r., about to roll; border of dots / Κ Ι above l., Ε above r., warrior r., wearing conical helmet, holding oval shield with his l. and horizontal lance with his r., leaning forward in fighting attitude. Weber 2798 = Jameson 2031 (this coin); see also G. Hirsch 261 (7 May 2009) 246 (same dies). Good VF, nice old collection tone. From the collections of Walter Niggeler, Robert Jameson and Sir Hermann Weber .

Ex Leu 36 (7 May 1985) 119, hammer CHF 2000; Münzen und Medaillen - Leu, 3 December 1965, Niggeler 252; Hesperia Art Bulletin XXXVII, 25a.

The Leu cataloguer’s pedigree going back to Walcher von Molthein (taken from the erroneous Weber 2798 entry) is incorrect. Walcher von Molthein’s no. 1194 is a coin of different types, similar to lot 104.3 below.