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Kierion. Lot of 3 coins.

Triton XV, Lot: 104. Estimate $300.
Sold for $3750. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Lot of 3 coins.

(104.1) THESSALY, Kierion. 3rd quarter of the 4th century BC. AR Trihemiobol (14mm, 1.28 g, 5h). Laureate and bearded head of Zeus r., border of dots / ΚΙΕΡΙΕ l. up, ΙΩΝ r. down circular, Arne, half-kneeling to her l., playing with knucklebones to her r., in field r.,Φ. Pozzi (Boutin) 2727 (same dies); see also Nomos 4, 1073 (same obverse die). Good VF, very lightly toned and of good metal.

ASW notes after Nomos 4, 1073: The present example is particularly finely modelled. This also applies to the obverse of the present coin as it shares an obverse die with the Nomos coin. Generally speaking though, the modelling of both head styles of the Zeus trihemiobols, although quite attractive at first glance, lacks the detail and finesse of the earlier Arne heads of the same denomination.

(104.2) THESSALY, Kierion. 3rd quarter of the 4th century BC. AR Obol (12mm, 0.89 g, 3h). Bridled horse galloping r. / ΚΙΕΡΙ l. up, ΕΙΩΝ r. down circular, warrior, naked but for helmet, shield and short sword, in fighting attitude r., in field below to r., Φ. SNG Cop. 33; Pozzi (Boutin) 2728 (same rev. die). Good VF, attractively toned and of good metal (unusual for these fractions).

This obol has the letter Φ on the reverse and is contemporary with the Zeus trihemiobols that display the same letter on their reverses.

(104.3) THESSALY, Kierion. 3rd quarter of the 4th century BC. AR Obol (12mm, 0.82 g, 10h). Horse trotting to r. on ground line, border of dots / ΚΙΕΡΙΕΙ l. up, ΩΝ r. down, helmeted warrior, naked, striding r. on ground line and holding shield with his l. hand and short sword with his r. SNG Cop. 34; see also Nomos 4, 1074 (same obv. die). Good VF, lightly toned but rough.

This is an opportunity to correct ASW’s note after lot 1074 in Nomos 4, on two counts; firstly, he surely meant staters and drachms instead of distaters and staters - just a ‘slip of the mind’; but then, it has also been suggested, quite rightly, that the horse on this die has nothing to do with the Larissan stater and drachm horses but simply follows the traditional form of horses on the Thessalian obols of this period.