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Triton XV, Lot: 479. Estimate $200.
Sold for $400. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Metropolis. Circa 220s BC. AR Hemidrachm (15mm, 2.07 g, 12h). Head of Aphrodite Kastnia facing, turned slightly to l., wearing pendant earring, pearl necklace and with her hair done in the ‘melon’ hairstyle; to l. dove flying upwards; to r. Eros flying upwards to crown her / ΜΗΤΡΟΠΟ r. down, young Dionysos standing l., wearing short tunic, his chlamys over his r. arm, holding a wine jug in his r. and long thyrsos in his l. Traité IV, 520, pl. CCXC, 7 and 8 (same dies); see also Nomos 4, 1207 (same dies). Good Fine, toned with rough surfaces, a very rare and interesting late silver issue.

See the BCD note after lot 1346 in Nomos 4, for this writer’s theory that the issue is dated to the 220s BC.