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Triton XV, Lot: 113. Estimate $200.
Sold for $3500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Krannon. Mid 5th century BC. AR Hemiobol (9mm, 0.46 g, 6h). Trident sideways to the l. behind bull’s hoof, border of dots / Κ-R-Α from top r. to l. retrograde and circular, anticlockwise, head of bridled horse l., all in incuse square. Liampi, Corpus, 1f (this coin); SNG München 32 (same dies); see also Nomos 4, 1078 corr. [ASW mistook the trident for the letters Χ-Α-Ν that are encountered in the bigger denominations; on the rev. he read an additional letter that actually is a die break - see note below] . Good VF, toned, rev. slightly porous and marginally off centre.

The letters on the reverse are: Κ retrograde in the top r. corner, R retrograde above the horse’s nose and Α below the horse’s nose with a die flaw on its l. hasta and leaning to the r. What ASW took as an Α in the top l. corner is in fact a die break. Finally, because of the die break on the Α, he saw it as an Ν.