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Triton XV, Lot: 169. Estimate $200.
Sold for $7000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Larissa. Early 4th century BC. AR Trihemiobol (13.5mm, 1.12 g, 10h). Small, round shield, with dotted border, having as a device a bull’s hoof to r., all within a circle of dots / ΛΑΡΙ l. up, diademed bust of long-haired and bearded Asklepios to r., before him, snake to r., all in shallow incuse square with softened contours. See Nomos 4, 1120 (same dies); see also CNG 87 (18 May 2011) 410 (same dies). VF, natural toning, slightly uneven; die flaw on obverse.

It is here assumed that the line projecting from the top of the hoof is a die flaw. This writer though has not seen this die without the flaw. On the other hand, why engrave such a line on the die, especially as it is outside the contour of the shield.