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Triton XV, Lot: 171. Estimate $300.
Sold for $4750. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Larissa. Early to mid 4th century BC. AR Drachm (19mm, 6.02 g, 7h). Thessalos to r., naked but for chlamys over his shoulders and petasos hanging from a cord around his neck, holding a band with both hands around the forehead of a bull rushing r., all within a dotted circle / ΛΑΡ above, ΙΣΑΙ below, bridled horse galloping r., all in an incuse square. Weber 2835 (same dies); Obolos 7, p. 21 (plate 2) 17 (this coin). Good VF, attractive old collection two-tone toning; the usual die flaw at the end of the bull’s r. hoof; a sharply struck and handsome coin. From the collection of Gustave Burel.

Ex Feuardent Frères 11 June 1913 (Burel) 156.

This coin was acquired by exchange with an American collector in December 1985. He claimed it came from a Bowers and Ruddy auction and indeed the coin was in a Bowers and Ruddy envelope but without any auction details, just the code 46784K-OT. This writer has been unable to find a Bowers and Ruddy pedigree but he found instead the above Feuardent Frères provenance that also explains the lovely dark toning.