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Triton XV, Lot: 490. Estimate $200.
Sold for $1300. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Oitaioi. Circa 350s BC. AR Obol (12mm, 0.78 g, 7h). Lion’s head l., spear in its jaws / OITA below, quiver, its straps loose; bow superimposed on it. SNG Cop. 177. VF, toned; surfaces slightly granular.

Ex Myers-Adams 6 (6 December 1973) 126, hammer $900; Alex Malloy MBS [2] (28 March 1973) 159, hammer $380.

Having just missed it the first time, the writer was very happy to see it reappear a few months later. This time he was determined to get it so his second bid was much stronger. The obols of this mint are unlikely to occur in hoards as the hemidrachms do, so they are much rarer.