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89000178
Triton XV, Lot: 178. Estimate $150.
Sold for $900. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Larissa. Early to mid 4th century BC. AR Hemidrachm (15.5mm, 3.06 g, 6h). Lorber, Thessalian, p. 138, 24, pl. 42, 37 (same dies). See also Hess [226], 7 March 1935, 328 (same dies). Good VF, toned, some deposit leftovers and grafitto Σ in field r. on reverse.

Ex Vinchon 22 February 1971, 96 (part).

The letters Τ Ο on the obverse of this hemidrachm are the same as on the drachms of lots 366.1 and 368.2, on the obols of lots 358.7 and 358.8, and on the trihemiobol of lot 362.2. It goes without saying that these issues are contemporary, even if they are given differently bracketed dates in the various references and in this catalogue. The same would be true with the letters Σ Ο or Ο Σ retrograde that occur on many more coins. Such letters obviously indicate engravers’ names but could also serve as control marks during this very active and complex period at the Larissa mint.