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Triton XV, Lot: 437. Estimate $150.
Sold for $700. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Magnetes. Elagabalus. AD 218-222. Æ Triassarion (23.5mm, 7.30 g, 7h). [A]VKMAY l. up, ANTΩNIN[OC] r. down, laureate and draped bust of Caracalla r., border of dots / Χ-ЄΙ-Ρ-ΩΝ r. down circular, MA[ΓΝΗΤ]ΩΝ l. up, the centaur Chiron advancing r. with lyre, branch on his l. shoulder; border of dots. Not found in consulted references but see note below. Near VF, dark olive patina; both sides a little off centre and partly flat struck; extremely rare.

Rogers 371 mentions Vlasto’s private catalogue as having the description of a similar coin for Caracalla but the “Rhousopoulos, Hirsch XIII. 1346” reference he quotes is incorrect; it describes a coin of Nero. The other reference for Rogers 371, “ex Lucerne 1923”, could only refer to Naville - Ars Classica V, 18 June 1923, but the only Magnetes coin in that auction is lot 1761, a silver drachm, as lot 415.2 above. Both the Rogers references therefore being incorrect, we can only assume that, if Vlasto’s private catalogue was correctly describing such a coin, its whereabouts today are unknown.