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Magnetes. Augustus. Lot of 4 coins.

Triton XV, Lot: 426. Estimate $200.
Sold for $600. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Lot of 4 coins.

(426.1) THESSALY, Magnetes. Augustus. 27 BC-AD 14. Assarion (16mm, 3.63 g, 12h). [ΣΕΒΑΣΤ]ΟΣ from bottom r., up circular, head of Augustus r., banker’s mark, Z / [ΜΑΓ]ΝΗΤΩΝ from r., up l. circular, the centaur Chiron advancing r., branch over the l. shoulder, r. hand extended forward; below, thunderbolt. RPC 1421 var. [different portrait; dolphin below on reverse]. Near Fine, green patina, rev. slightly off centre. Very rare, a total of seven are known according to RPC, all in museum or institute collections.


(426.2) THESSALY, Magnetes. Augustus. 27 BC-AD 14. Æ Assarion (16mm, 5.46 g, 12h). CEBACTOC, head of Augustus (?) r., border of dots / [MAΓΝΗΤΩΝ], the centaur Chiron advancing r., branch over the l. shoulder, r. hand extended forward; below, dolphin. Rogers 362, fig. 184; RPC 1421. Near Fine, bronze coloured surfaces with remnants of green patina.

Acquired from Frank Kovacs, June 1980, for $25.

This writer is not convinced that the reverse of this coin reads MAΓΝΗΤΩΝ. It seems more likely that it reads CEBACTOC in which case Rogers’ suspicions would be verified and the coin assigned to Claudius. The type is so rare - and in such poor condition when it appears - that the matter may take a very long time until it is resolved.

(426.3) THESSALY, Magnetes. Augustus, with Tiberius. 27 BC-AD 14. Æ Diassarion (23mm, 7.53 g, 7h). [KAICAP] l. up, [TI]BEPIOC r. down, laureate head of Augustus r. / CЄBACTOC r. down, MAΓΝΗΤ[Ѡ]Ν l. up, laureate head of Tiberius r. RPC Supp. I, p. 19, S-1420A (this coin, unique). Near Fine, bronze surface showing through green patina.


(426.4) THESSALY, Magnetes. Augustus, with Tiberius. 27 BC-AD 14. Æ Diassarion (24mm, 11.19 g, 7h). ΣΕΒΑΣΤΟΣ ΜΑΓΝΗΤΩΝ from top l., down circular, laureate head of Augustus r. / ΤΙΒΕΡΙΟΣ ΣΕΒΑΣΤΟΣ from top l., down circular, bare head of Tiberius r. RPC Supp. II, p. 36, S2-I-1420B (this coin, unique). Near Fine, olive green patina; partly irregular edge and the rev. a little off centre.