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Magnetes. Lot of 6 coins.

Triton XV, Lot: 425. Estimate $200.
Sold for $800. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Lot of 6 coins.

(425.1) THESSALY, Magnetes. 30 - 27 BC. Æ Tetrachalkon (17.5mm, 4.53 g, 6h). Laureate head of Asklepios r. / ΜΑ[ΓΝΗΤѠΝ] from r., down l. and circular, Asklepios seated l. on throne, holding long staff in his l. hand; his r. is extended in front of him, fondling snake. Rogers 354, fig. 177 var. [the obv. portrait differs and the legend is differently disposed]. Near VF, green patina with some red areas; the rev. off centre and weakly struck; rare.

Although the flan and the weight are appreciably reduced, the denomination remains the same. Such irregularities are sometimes encountered in the Thessalian provincial issues of the early Roman times.

(425.2) THESSALY, Magnetes. 30 - 27 BC. Æ Tetrachalkon (17mm, 4.90 g, 12h). Laureate head of Asklepios r. / ΜΑΓΝ[ΗΤѠΝ] from bottom r., up circular and to l., Asklepios seated l. on throne, holding long staff in his l. hand; his r. is extended in front of him, fondling snake. Rogers 354, fig. 177 var. [the obv. portrait here is very poorly engraved but the legend seems to be as in Rogers fig. 177]. Near VF, green patina; the reverse struck on a small flan for the size of the design; rare.

Both dies of this coin are awkwardly engraved by an inexperienced die cutter.

(425.3) THESSALY, Magnetes. 30 - 27 BC. Æ Tetrachalkon (17.5mm, 4.26 g, 6h). [Μ]ΑΓΝΗ l. down, ΤΩ[Ν] r. up, laureate head of Asklepios r. / Asklepios seated l. on backless throne, holding long staff in his l. hand (off flan here); his cane on which a sepent is entwined is held at an angle by his r. hand. This combination of styles has not been found in consulted literature; the obv. die is from the same hand(?) as lot 423 above. Good Fine, reddish green patina; the rev. off centre; rare.

Same dies as lot 425.5.

(425.4) THESSALY, Magnetes. 30 - 27 BC. Æ Tetrachalkon (22mm, 3.94 g, 12h). Laureate head of Asklepios r. / [Μ]ΑΓΝ r. up, ΗΤΩ[N] above, upside down, Asklepios seated l. on backless throne, holding a long staff in his l. and feeding an erect snake in front of him from a phiale held in his extended r. Winterthur 1703 (same dies). Good Fine, light green patina; a die flaw above and behind the head on obv., and a surface scuff from 10 o’clock to 4 o’clock on the reverse; rare.


(425.5) THESSALY, Magnetes. 30 - 27 BC. Æ Tetrachalkon (22mm, 6.16 g, 5h). [Μ]ΑΓΝΗ l. down, [Τ]ΩΝ r. up, laureate head of Asklepios r., border of dots / Asklepios seated l. on backless throne, holding long staff in his l. hand (off flan here); his cane on which a sepent is entwined is held at an angle by his r., border of dots. This combination of styles has not been found in consulted literature. Near Fine, light green patina with an obverse surface break from 10 to 12 o’clock; rev. somewhat flat struck and off centre; rare.

Same dies as lot 425.5; the obv. die from the same hand (?) as lot 413.

(425.6) THESSALY, Magnetes. 30 - 27 BC. Æ Tetrachalkon (17.5mm, 4.14 g, 9h). Laureate head of Asklepios r. / [Μ]ΑΓΝΗΤ r. up circular, ΩN l. down, Asklepios seated l. on stool, holding long staff in his l., feeding a snake from a phiale with his r. See J. Hirsch XIII (15 May 1905) Rhousopoulos 1344 (same obv. die). Good Fine, green patina with some bronze showing through on the high relief areas; rare.