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89000443

Magnetes. Gordian III. Lot of 4 coins.

Triton XV, Lot: 443. Estimate $200.
Sold for $800. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Lot of 4 coins.

(443.1) THESSALY, Magnetes. Gordian III. AD 238-244. Æ Diassarion (25mm, 9.69 g, 6h). ΜΑΑΝ l. up, [ΓΟΡΔΙΑΝ]ΟC r. down, radiate and draped bust of Gordianus r., border of dots / [Γ]ΩΜΑΓΝ below from r., to l., inverted and retrograde, [HTΩNAP] above, the ship Argo with rowers, r., above B, border of dots. Rogers 379, fig. 196 (same obv. die) corr. var. [the bust on the obv. is radiate, and Rogers described it as laureate; legend on rev. differently arranged]. Near Fine, rubbed brown surfaces, the coppery-reddish tone below the brown patina indicates a different metal alloy, richer in copper; rare.


(443.2) THESSALY, Magnetes. Trebonianus Gallus. AD 251-253. Æ Diassarion (18mm, 3.63 g, 6h). [ΓΙ]ΟVB l. up, ΓΑΛΛ[ΟC] r. down, laureate head of Trebonianus Gallus r., border of dots / ΑΓΝΗΤѠN from bottom r., below circular retrograde to left; ΑΡΓѠΜ above circular from l. to r, the ship Argo with rowers, r., border of dots. Rogers 380, fig. 197 corr. [the obv. legend on both the photographed coins of Rogers begins with ΓIOV and therefore the TPEB he has in his text must either be from another coin or he has read the letters wrongly]. Near Fine, green patina with some roughness; flan too small for this die size; rare.

The drastic flan and weight reduction, when these coins are compared to the Gordian III issues, does not necessarily mean a change of denomination. Portrait sizes remained the same and this is the reason they are still described as Diassaria.

(443.3) THESSALY, Magnetes. Valerian I. AD 253-260. Æ Diassarion (20.5mm, 7.31 g, 12h). [AVTKΠ]ΟΛΟVAΛ[ЄΡΙΑΝΟC] from bottom l., up circular, radiate and draped bust of Valerian r. / ΑΡΓΩΜΑΓ above circular from l. to r., NHTΩΝ below from r. to l., retrograde and inverted, the ship Argo with rowers, r., border of dots. Rogers 380, fig. 199 (same obv. die). Near Fine, rough green patina with some bronze showing through on the high relief areas; rare.


(443.4) THESSALY, Magnetes. Valerian I. AD 253-260. Æ Diassarion (21.5mm, 9.98 g, 12h). ΑVΤΜΠΟVAΛЄΡΙΑΝΟC from lower l., up to r., circular, radiate and draped bust of Valerian r., border of dots / ΑΡΓΩΜΑ above from l. to r., ΓNHTΩΝ below from r. to l., retrograde and inverted, the ship Argo with rowers, r., border of dots. Rogers 380, fig. 199 (same dies). Near Fine, rough green patina with traces of bronze showing through, rev. off centre; rare.