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Triton XV, Lot: 468. Estimate $125.
Sold for $1000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Methylion. 4th century BC. Æ Dichalkon (18mm, 5.22 g, 2h). Circa 340 BC. Head of Nymph l., wearing drop earring, her hair held up by a diadem; M below neckline; in field l., countermark ram’s head r. / ΜΕʘY-ΛIEIΩ-N in two lines, the N above Nike’s arm, Nike flying l., holding two wreaths, one in her raised r. hand, and another in her lowered l. Rogers 405, fig. 214 var. [same dies but here an additional countermark on the obverse]. Near VF, countermark VF, smooth chocolate brown patina; an attractive coin.

The countermark could signify a connection with Gonnos or, more likely, the family clan of Menekrates who had a ram as a reverse type on his small bronzes (see lots 471 and 473.1 to 473.4 above).