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Krannon. Lot of 2 coins.

Triton XV, Lot: 120. Estimate $200.
Sold for $1000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Lot of 2 coins.

(120.1) THESSALY, Krannon. 3rd century BC or later. Æ Trichalkon (19mm, 6.99 g, 9h). Draped bust of Thessalos r., wearing petasos / ΚΡΑ-Ν above, ΝΩΝΙΩΝ in exergue, Thessalian horseman riding horse prancing r. on short ground line, below horse, monogram. Rogers 202, fig. 84. VF, olive green patina with bronze showing on the rubbed surfaces; metal flaw under the chin on the obverse, some weakness in the reverse strike.

(120.2) THESSALY, Krannon. 3rd century BC or later. Æ Chalkous (15.5mm, 4.29 g, 10h). Laureate and bearded head of Poseidon (or Zeus?) r., border of dots / ΚΡΑΝΝΟΥΝΙΟΥΝ from middle l., above and circular to r., hydria, flanked by two crows perched on cart wheels and facing inwards. Rogers 203, fig. 85 var., see also Nomos 4, 1088 var. [rev. monograms on both]. VF, dark green patina with some bronze showing on the coin’s high points.

ASW is quite right in stressing the close resemblance of this obverse portrait to some Achaian League issues. What we know from the history of Krannon is not much help in narrowing down the issue dates of its coinage and it seems that stylistic comparisons will be the only means researchers will use to find anchoring points for the absolute dating of the various bronze groups.