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Magnetes. Trajan. Lot of 3 coins.

Triton XV, Lot: 431. Estimate $150.
Sold for $250. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Lot of 3 coins.

(431.1) THESSALY, Magnetes. Trajan. AD 98-117. Æ Diassarion (19.5mm, 4.25 g, 6h). [ΑΙΑΡΤ] r. up, the P retrograde, laureate head of Trajan r., border of dots / [ΜΑΓИ] r. up, [ΗΤѠИ] l. down, Poseidon seated on throne l., holding dolphin with his r., long trident with his l., border of dots. Rogers 365, fig. 187 (same dies). Fine, green patina with some red on the obverse and some roughness on the reverse; very rare. From the collection of Professor Peter R. Franke.

Acquired from Professor Franke, May 1979, for DM 150.

(431.2) THESSALY, Magnetes. Antoninus Pius. AD 138-161. Æ Triassarion (22mm, 6.18 g, 6h). CKAICAP l. up, [Α]ΝΤѠΝ[ЄΙΝΟ] r. down, laureate head of Antoninus Pius r. / ΖЄ-ΥⅭAKPAIOⅭ from bottom r., l. up circular, ѠAΓΝΗΤѠN (sic) r. down, Zeus Akraios standing facing, head to r., holds long sceptre with his r. and thunderbolt in his l. Rogers 366, fig. 188 var. [different lettering and letter disposition; the obverse is a bust]; RPC on line, 5045 [one coin listed, in the BM]. Fine, green patina with brown areas in places.

RPC on line lists only the Rogers coin (now in the BM) but Imhoof-Blumer in his Kleinasiatische Münzen lists one more under Magnesia ad Maeandrum. This is therefore the third known.

(431.3) THESSALY, Magnetes. Commodus. AD 177-192. Æ Triassarion (22mm, 8.92 g, 12h). [K]OM[MOΔΟ] r. down, ANTѠNЄINON l. up, laureate bust of Commodus r., border of dots / AKPA[IOC] r. down, ΜΑΓΝΗΤΩΝ l. up, Zeus, naked, standing l., holding sceptre by l. hand and thunderbolt in r., border of dots. Rogers 366a corr. [the Ashmolean coin listed in Rogers as Marcus Aurelius is in fact a coin of Commodus]; RPC on line lists no Commodus coins for Magnetes. Near VF, dark grey-green brownish patina, some edge irregularities. From the collection of Professor Thomas Ollive Mabbott.

Ex Hans Schulman, 6 June 1969 (Mabbott), 741, hammer $150.

Same obv. die as lot 432 below.