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89000448
Triton XV, Lot: 448. Estimate $150.
Sold for $200. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Meliboia. Mid to late 4th century BC. Æ Dichalkon (17.5mm, 6.09 g, 10h). Head of the nymph Meliboia facing, turned slightly to l., bunches of grapes in her hair and hanging to l. and r. of her head; border of dots / Μ-E-ΛI-BOI below, from l. to r., circular, E reversed above, two bunches of grapes and two vine leaves hanging from a vine branch. Rogers 390, fig. 204 var. [in Rogers the reversed E is to the r. and not above]. Near VF, dark green patina, scattered light surface pitting.

The facing nymph Dichalka of Meliboia are quite rare; the fact that four of them are offered here is because the reverse letters are differently placed on each one of them. The same occurs with the commoner and smaller Chalkous denominations; there is an abundance of reverse dies, each differing from all others by one or more minor details, usually in the lettering.