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Triton XV, Lot: 485. Estimate $400.
Sold for $1300. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Mopsion. 2nd half of the 4th century BC. Æ Trichalkon (20.5mm, 8.77 g, 5h). Laureate and bearded head of Zeus facing, turned slightly to r., in field r., vertical thunderbolt; all in dotted circle / ΜΟΨEI l. up, A-TΩΝ r. down, the Lapith Mopsos, naked, standing facing, his head r., raising club in his r. and extending his l. to fight a centaur rearing to l., raising boulder over his head with both hands and preparing to throw it. See Helios 6 (9 March 2011) 499 (same obv. die). Good Fine, brown patina; nose of Zeus flat struck and the reverse a little off centre.

Same obverse die as lot 486 below. The writer, fully aware that ASW has decided to call these coins Tetrachalka, is nevertheless of the opinion that the biggest bronze denomination in Thessaly was the Trichalkon and that this was only exceeded in very late times and in very few cases.