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Triton XV, Lot: 492. Estimate $300.
Sold for $600. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Oitaioi. 304-280 BC. AR Hemidrachm (15mm, 2.33 g, 11h). Lion’s head l., spear in its jaws / OITΑI r. down, ΩΝ l. down, Herakles, naked, standing facing, holding club with both hands transversely across his chest. Valassiadis p. 177, pl. 1, 6; SNG Cop. 180; SNG Lockett, 1589; see also Nomos 4, 1215 (same dies). VF, toned; obv. marginally off centre; the rev. with traces of double striking.

Acquired from the G. Henzen list 184 (December 2007) no. 120, for € 525; ex UBS 57 (15 September 2003) 123, hammer CHF 420.

The 3rd century hemidrachms of the Oitaians are the hardest to find amongst the various issues of this denomination.