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Triton XV, Lot: 166. Estimate $150.
Sold for $2500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Larissa. Circa 400 BC. AR Obol (11mm, 0.93 g, 10h). Horse prancing r. on double ground line, above plant; the whole in a dotted circle / ΛΑ above, ΡΙ r. down, Asklepios standing r., wearing long robes, holding long staff with his l., his r. extending a phiale towards erect serpent emerging to l. from reeds, all within shallow incuse square. BMC p. 28, 45, pl. V, 9. VF, lightly toned and with the beginning of a die flaw in the centre of the reverse; nevertheless, a rare and attractive coin.

This particular reverse die - different from the one in Nomos 4, 1116 - seems to always have that weak spot on the rev. that looks like the beginning of a die break. Same reverse die a lot 364.4 below.