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Triton XV, Lot: 136. Estimate $750.
Sold for $3000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Larissa. 479/475 - circa 460 BC. AR Hemidrachm (12mm, 2.74 g, 8h). Head of Jason to l., sporting a light beard and wearing petasos with strings fastening behind his head and under his chin; border of dots / ΛΑ retrograde and upside down, sandal of Jason l. in shallow incuse square. This die combination not found in consulted references; see Traité pl. XLIII, 5 and lots 138.1 and 138.2 below, for the same obverse die. VF, toned and struck on a small, thick flan; rev. slightly off centre.

Jason’s portrait here looks like a lifelike depiction of a mature individual; in fact, the pronounced traits and the light beard remind the writer of a certain gentleman who has caused quite an upheaval in the ancient coin market during the very recent past. Perhaps this gentleman would like to buy this coin as well...