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89000097
Triton XV, Lot: 97. Estimate $200.
Sold for $1400. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Kierion. Early to mid 4th century BC. AR Hemiobol (9mm, 0.42 g, 5h). 2nd quarter of the 4th century BC. Laureate and bearded head of Zeus l., [K] and Ι on either side of it, vertical thunderbolt behind / Κ and Ι on either side of head of Arne r., hair in a sakkos. SNG Fitzwilliam 2368 (same rev. die); Traité IV, 514 corr. [Zeus and not Poseidon]; see also Nomos 4, 1069. Good VF, lightly toned, obv. slightly off centre, surfaces a little rough.

Head (HN2, p. 293) and Babelon (see above) should be corrected. It is now clear from the symbol on the obverse that the bearded head is Zeus and not Poseidon. There is some similarity with the Olympian Zeus of the 360’s BC (see Seltman’s obverse die CD) and this helps in narrowing down the date spread of these hemiobols.