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89000455

Meliboia. Lot of 6 coins.

Triton XV, Lot: 455. Estimate $150.
Sold for $1100. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Lot of 6 coins.

(455.1) THESSALY, Meliboia. Mid to late 4th century BC. Æ Chalkous (13.5mm, 2.03 g, 7h). Head of nymph r., wearing pendant earring in the form of a small bunch of grapes, her hair rolled up in a bun up and towards the back of her head / ME l. down, ΛI r. up, both retrograde, bunch of grapes and two vine leaves from a single stem. Rogers 393. Good Fine, dark brown patina; obv. a little off centre and both sides partly flat struck.


(455.2) THESSALY, Meliboia. Mid to late 4th century BC. Æ Chalkous (13mm, 2.12 g, 3h). Head of nymph r., wearing pendant earring, her hair drawn up towards the back of her head / ME l. up, ΛI r. down, bunch of grapes and two tendrils with vine leaves out of a single stem. Good Fine, dark green patina; rev. a little off centre.


(455.3) THESSALY, Meliboia. Mid to late 4th century BC. Æ Chalkous (13mm, 1.48 g, 12h). Head of nymph r., wearing pendant earring, her hair drawn up towards the back of her head and tied in a bun / ME l. down, ΛI r. up, bunch of grapes and two vine leaves hanging from a horizontal vine branch. Good Fine, dark green patina on somewhat porous surfaces; well centred on an ample flan.


(455.4) THESSALY, Meliboia. Mid to late 4th century BC. Æ Chalkous (10mm, 1.48 g, 5h). Head of nymph r., her hair drawn up towards the back of her head / ΞΕ[Ν]ΟΚ from middle l., down and circular, the E and the K retrograde, bunch of grapes. Fine, green patina with some bronze showing through the obverse high points; small flan but centred; probably unpublished and perhaps unique (?).

The reverse name could only be that of a sponsor or magistrate. An interesting parallel exists with Methylion, another Thessalian city to employ more than just an initial letter or two when recording a personal name, other than a die cutter’s, on its coins. See Nomos 4, 1202; also, lots 471 and 473.1 to 473.4 below. Here, it was obviously assumed that the ethnic was not necessary; there was no room for it anyway.

(455.5) THESSALY, Meliboia. Mid to late 4th century BC. Æ Chalkous (13.5mm, 2.29 g, 1h). Head of nymph r., her hair drawn up and bunched on the back of her head in a bun / ΜΕΛΙ from the l., down and circular, retrograde, bunch of grapes and two vine leaves hanging from a horizontal vine branch. Rogers 393 var. [letter arrangement differs]. Fine, smooth dark green patina.


(455.6) THESSALY, Meliboia. Mid to late 4th century BC. Æ Chalkous (11.5mm, 1.85 g, 10h). Head of nymph r., her hair drawn up and bunched on the back of her head in a bun / [ΜΕ] r. down, [Λ]Ι l. up , bunch of grapes and a vine leaf to its l., hanging from a vine branch. Fine, brown patina; the rev. a little off centre and flat struck.