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Triton XV, Lot: 407. Estimate $300.
Sold for $800. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Magnetes. After 168 BC to the early 140’s BC. AR Drachm (21mm, 4.02 g, 12h). Laureate head of Zeus r., behind, monogram, border of dots / ΜΑΓΝΗΤΩ[Ν] below, Artemis, bow in her r. and quiver over her shoulder, seated l. on prow l., to r., monogram. SNG Lockett 1586 (same dies); Dewing 1410 (same dies). VF, lightly toned; small chip on rev. edge at 5 o’clock.

This writer believes that the wreath worn by Zeus is not a laurel wreath and also that the denomination of these “drachms” seems too low when the Thessalian League corresponding (but, admittedly, heavier) coins are now known as staters or didrachms.