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Triton XV, Lot: 430. Estimate $150.
Sold for $400. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Magnetes. Domitia. Augusta, AD 82-96. Æ Diassarion (19mm, 5.29 g, 6h). CЄBACTH l. up, ΔΟΜΙΤ-ΙΑ r. down, bust of Domitia r. / ΜΑΓΝΗ r. down, TѠN l. down, Zeus seated l., holding long sceptre with his l., eagle l. on his outstretched r., at his feet, coiled snake to l. RPC II, 276 (same dies); RPC Supp. II, p. 76, 276/2 (this coin). Near VF, green patina with some lighter brown or red areas. From the collection of J.-P. Righetti.

Ex M+M Deutschland 15 (21 October 2004) 259, hammer € 220.

The second known Magnetes coin of Domitia, the other in Munich. On the Munich coin the eagle held by Zeus is mentioned as “phiale?” and the snake in front of Zeus is not visible. Could it be Asklepios instead? But then why the eagle? More likely is that the artist mixed up the attributes of the two gods and, to be on the safe side, included them both in his design.