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89000417

Magnetes. Lot of 13 coins.

Triton XV, Lot: 417. Estimate $400.
Sold for $1200. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Lot of 13 coins.

(417.1) THESSALY, Magnetes. After 167 BC. Æ Dichalkon (14.5mm, 3.78 g, 12h). Laureate head of Apollo l. / [Μ]ΑΓNHTΩ[N] l. down, Artemis advancing r. wearing chlamys and chiton, holding long torch with both hands; in field r., monogram. Rogers 326, fig. 164; Pozzi (Boutin) 2807. Fine, green patina with a few rough spots and some dark red areas.


(417.2) THESSALY, Magnetes. Circa 150 - 130 BC. Æ Dichalkon (15mm, 4.46 g, 3h). Laureate head of Apollo r., border of dots / [ΜΑΓ]NHTΩ[N] l. down, Artemis, wearing chlamys and chiton, advancing r., holding long torch with both hands. Rogers 325 var. [obverse type to l.]. Good Fine, nice green patina; obv. somewhat softly struck.


(417.3) THESSALY, Magnetes. Circa 150 - 130 BC. Æ Chalkous (14mm, 2.95 g, 1h). Laureate head of Apollo r. / ΜΑΓNHTΩN l. down, Artemis advancing r. wearing chlamys and chiton, holding long torch with both hands. Rogers 324, fig. 163 var. [legend on rev. is upwards]. Fine, green patina with bronze highlights.

Rogers, in his text for his entry 324, describes Artemis with two torches, whereas his corresponding photograph shows Artemis with one long torch.

(417.4) THESSALY, Magnetes. Circa 150 - 130 BC. Æ Dichalkon (17mm, 4.40 g, 12h). Head of Artemis r., her hair drawn and tied at the back of her head, quiver on her l. shoulder / [Μ]ΑΓNHTΩ[N] l. down, Artemis advancing r. wearing chlamys and chiton, holding long torch with l. hand and shorter one with her r. SNG München 101 (same obv. die) corr. [the obverse is Artemis and not Apollo]. Near Fine, rough brown surfaces with some pits.


(417.5) THESSALY, Magnetes. Circa 150 - 130 BC. Æ Chalkous (13.5mm, 2.22 g, 12h). Laureate head of Apollo r. / ΜΑΓNH[TΩN] l. up, Artemis advancing r. wearing chlamys and chiton, holding long torch with both hands. Rogers 324, fig. 163 (same obv. die); Pozzi (Boutin) 2808. Near Fine, green patina; flan a little short; obv. flat struck on the high relief points. From the collection of Lord Grantley.

Acquired from Baldwin’s, October 1966, for £ 1/10/-.


(417.6) THESSALY, Magnetes. Circa 150 - 130 BC. Æ Dichalkon (16.5mm, 5.76 g, 3h). Laureate head of Apollo r., border of dots / ΜΑΓNHTΩN l. down, Artemis advancing r. wearing chlamys and chiton, holding long torch with both hands. This exact variety not found in the references consulted. Fine, green patina; small edge split at obv. 5 o’clock.

Ex Oslo Mynthandel 18 (14 March 1987) 1132 (part).

The fabric and the general appearance of this coin suggest an early issue, perhaps the earliest.

(417.7) THESSALY, Magnetes. Circa 150 - 130 BC. Æ Dichalkon (14.5mm, 3.92 g, 3h). Laureate head of Apollo r., border of dots / [Μ]ΑΓNHTΩ[N] l. down, Artemis advancing r. wearing chlamys and chiton, holding long torch with both hands. This exact variety not found in the references consulted. Good Fine, nice dark green patina; thick flan, reverse a little crowded.


(417.8) THESSALY, Magnetes. Circa 150 - 130 BC. Æ Dichalkon (15.5mm, 3.75 g, 12h). Laureate head of Apollo l. / [Μ]ΑΓNHTΩN l. down, Artemis advancing r. wearing chlamys and chiton, holding long torch with both hands; in field r., palm branch; to l., outside the legend, dolphin downwards. This exact variety not found in the references consulted. Good Fine, reddish brown patina, with bronze showing on the relief areas.


(417.9) THESSALY, Magnetes. Circa 150 - 130 BC. Æ Dichalkon (15mm, 3.36 g, 12h). Bust of Artemis l., her hair drawn back and tied behind her head, bow and quiver behind her shoulder; border of dots / ΜΑΓNHTΩN r. down, Poseidon, naked, standing l., holding dolphin in his r. hand and trident with his l., in field l., palm branch. Rogers 331, fig. 168; SNG Cop. 164; see also Nomos 4, 1183. Good Fine, green patina with some light pitting on the r. part of the rev. field.


(417.10) THESSALY, Magnetes. Circa 150 - 130 BC. Æ Dichalkon (16mm, 3.13 g, 12h). Bust of Artemis r., her hair drawn back and tied behind her head, bow and quiver over her l. shoulder; border of dots / ΜΑΓNHTΩN r. down, Poseidon, naked, standing l., holding dolphin in his r. hand and long trident with his l., in field l., thunderbolt. This variety not found in the references consulted. Fine, green patina, somewhat rough; obv. softly struck and the rev. legend with die flaws and corrosion.

Obviously a coin struck from dies of poor quality and workmanship. The reverse incorporates the thunderbolt of Zeus in a Poseidon setting. It may be a later imitation but it could also be from a contemporary clandestine or unofficial workshop. Same obverse die as lot 417.11 and the reverse from the same hand.

(417.11) THESSALY, Magnetes. Circa 150 - 130 BC. Æ Dichalkon (14mm, 2.92 g, 12h). Bust of Artemis r., her hair drawn back and tied behind her head, bow and quiver over her l. shoulder; border of dots / [ΜΑ]ΓNHTΩ[N] r. down, Poseidon, naked, standing l., holding dolphin in his r. hand and long trident with his l., in field l., thunderbolt. This variety not found in the references consulted. Fine, green patina; rev. a little softly struck in the centre.

Same obverse die as lot 417.10 and the rev. by the same hand. Another case where the size of the coins is very different but the obverse die remains the same. Are they meant to be the same denomination? Probably yes: the second century BC (or later?) was a time when the average man in the street had other, more pressing, things in mind than to compare coin sizes in his small change.

(417.12) THESSALY, Magnetes. Circa 150 - 130 BC. Æ Chalkous (13.5mm, 2.79 g, 12h). Bust of Artemis l., her hair drawn back and tied behind her head, bow and quiver behind her shoulder; border of dots / [Μ]ΑΓN[HT]Ω[N] r. down, Poseidon, naked, standing l., holding dolphin in his r. hand and long trident with his l. This variety not found in the references consulted. Good Fine, brownish green patina; the rev. a little off centre and with a die flaw starting on the r. knee of Poseidon.


(417.13) THESSALY, Magnetes. Circa 150 - 130 BC. Æ Chalkous (13mm, 3.69 g, 9h). Head of Artemis r., her hair rolled up, drawn back and tied behind her head, border of dots / [Μ]ΑΓNH r. down, TΩN l. down, Poseidon, naked, standing facing, his head turned to his r., holding dolphin in his r. hand and long trident with his l. McClean 4643, pl. 174, 11. Near Fine, dark green patina; rev. a little crowded due to small flan.