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Methylion. Lot of 2 coins.

Triton XV, Lot: 463. Estimate $200.
Sold for $6000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Lot of 2 coins.

(463.1) THESSALY, Methylion. Circa 450’s BC. AR Hemidrachm (16.5mm, 2.34 g, 3h). Bridled (?) forepart of horse l., a monogram or brand-like mark on the base of its left leg; all in a circle of dots / ΜΕ-ΘV, wheat grain in incuse square. This obverse variety unpublished and unique. Near VF, lightly toned; an obverse scrape from the side of the horse’s neck to the edge of the obverse at 2 o’clock.

It is not certain that the lines around the horse’s head and neck are representing a bridle, they may be linear die breaks. This coin shares a reverse die with the other two known specimens of this denomination. Comparison of the reverse die states of the three coins shows that lot 462 was struck later than the other two, amongst which there is hardly any reverse die wear difference. This suggests that the two obverses were in use during more or less the same time and that the precedence of the obverse with the border of dots over the obverse with the rock is insignificant.

(463.2) THESSALY, Methylion. Circa 450’s BC. AR Obol (9.5mm, 0.90 g, 12h). Head and neck of horse l., border of dots / ΜΕ-ΘV, wheat grain in incuse square. A coin such as this is mentioned in Liampi, Corpus, p. 120, note 30, otherwise unpublished. See also Nomos 4, 1201 (same dies). Good Fine, toned; some surface porosity and the obv. not perfectly centred.

Apparently the third known - however, one more seems to have surfaced during the time this catalogue was written.