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Triton XV, Lot: 326. Estimate $200.
Sold for $550. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Larissa. Mid to late 4th century BC. AR Trihemiobol (12mm, 1.34 g, 6h). Head of the nymph Larissa three-quarter facing l., wearing pendant earring, torque-like necklace and an ampyx in her hair; border of dots / ΛΑΡ l. up, Ι-Σ r. down, [A] below l., ΙΩΝ below r., Thessalian cavalryman riding r. on prancing horse, wearing chlamys and petasos, and holding a rigid riding whip in his r. hand. SNG Cop. 134; see also Nomos 4, 1162. VF, lightly toned, a small scratch on the rev. exergue line, otherwise a pleasing and desirable coin.

Ex CNG e-sale 211 (5 June 2009) 219, hammer $827.

When the photograph of this coin came up on the web, this writer knew that it would clean nicely - thanks, L. K. The question now is: will it be possible to recoup one’s expense, including buyer’s fees and cleaning costs? Probably not, but a nice coin has been added to this catalogue and that’s what really matters.