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Triton XV, Lot: 153. Estimate $200.
Sold for $1000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Larissa. Mid 5th century BC. AR Hemidrachm (14mm, 2.70 g, 1h). Hero to r., with petasos over his shoulders and chlamys tied at his neck, holding a band with both his hands passing around the head of a bull’s forepart to right; border of dots / ΛΑ diagonally l. up, RΙ r. down, the R retrograde and upside down, forepart of bridled horse, its rein trailing, rushing r., all within incuse square. Weber 2830 (this coin); see also Lanz 151 (30 June 2011) 370 (dies by the same hand) and Nomos 4, 1110 (same obv. die, later state). VF, nice two - tone old collection toning; obverse die flaw on the petasos and behind the horse on the reverse; an old scratch on the side of the horse’s head. From the collections of Virgil M. Brand, Sir Hermann Weber and Ferdinand Bompois.

Ex Sotheby’s Brand 5 (1 February 1984) 118, hammer £ 900; H. Hoffmann, 16 January 1882 (Bompois) 923 (part).