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Research Coins: Feature Auction

 
89000498

Orthe. Lot of 4 coins.

Triton XV, Lot: 498. Estimate $200.
Sold for $800. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Lot of 4 coins.

(498.1) THESSALY, Orthe. Circa mid 4th century BC. Æ Dichalkon (17mm, 3.79 g, 3h). Head of Athena r. in Attic helmet with ear flaps raised / P above I to r., O above ʘ to l, trident pointing upwards in olive wreath tying down. See Nomos 4, 1219 var. [the die cutter discovered (too late) that, the way the wreath was engraved on that die there was no room for the final I of the ethnic - this is not mentioned by ASW in his description of the coin but is very clear on the photograph]. Near VF, dark green patina; light scratches on the obv. high points and the very beginning of a die flaw in the centre of the reverse.


(498.2) THESSALY, Orthe. Circa mid 4th century BC. Æ Dichalkon (17.5mm, 3.86 g, 1h). Head of Athena r. in Attic helmet with ear flaps raised / O-P-ʘ-I circular below, outside the wreath, trident pointing upwards in olive wreath tying down. This variety not found in the consulted reference literature. Good Fine, light green patina, the obverse pitted and rough with some earthen deposits, the reverse clear and nice.


(498.3) THESSALY, Orthe. Circa mid 4th century BC. Æ Dichalkon (17mm, 3.27 g, 6h). Head of Athena r. in Attic helmet with ear flaps raised / P above ʘ to r., O above I to l., trident pointing upwards in olive wreath tying down. This letter arrangement not found in the references consulted. Fine, dark brown patina with some weakness on the obverse; coin overstruck.

The reverse of this coin is overstruck on a type with Heracles r. as the well known bronzes of Amyntas III; the obverse shows the wing and tail feathers of the eagle that is on the reverse of these coins (see U. Westermark, Remarks on the Regal Macedonian Coinage ca. 413-359 BC, in Kraay-Mørkholm Essays, p. 312 and pl. LXX, 34).

(498.4) THESSALY, Orthe. Circa mid 4th century BC. Æ Dichalkon (17mm, 3.81 g, 4h). Head of Athena r. in Attic helmet with ear flaps raised / O above I to r., P retrograde above ʘ to l., trident pointing upwards in olive wreath tying down. Rogers 424. Near Fine, medium reddish brown patina; the obv. struck a little softly and with some light surface roughness.