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Triton XV, Lot: 400. Estimate $150.
Sold for $3500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Larissa Kremaste. 4th century BC. Æ Trichalkon (18mm, 5.81 g, 4h). Bare head of Achilles to r., border of dots / ΛΑΡΙ from the bottom, towards the r., up and circular, Thetis, wearing long chiton and holding shield of Achilles with his monogram on it, seated l. on hippocamp; below, in front of her feet, dolphin to r. and downwards. Heyman p. 116, 2 and plate I, 2; see also Nomos 4, 1175 (different dies but same obv. hand). VF, green patina with dark red areas; an attractive coin. Heyman, op. cit., p. 122 ff sees a portrait of Alexander the Great in most of these obverse dies, especially the early ones with head to r. This writer finds the simile a little far fetched, to say the least.

Heyman calls the rev. symbol on this coin a harpa, whereas ASW does not mention it at all; here it is clearly a dolphin.