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Orthe. Lot of 2 coins.

Triton XV, Lot: 501. Estimate $150.
Sold for $1800. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Lot of 2 coins.

(501.1) THESSALY, Orthe. Late 4th century BC. Æ Chalkous (13mm, 1.69 g, 12h). Head of Athena r., wearing Corinthian helmet with serpent coiled on bowl, border of dots / OPʘIEIΩN from top l., down to r. and circular, forepart of horse r. emerging from rocks on which grows olive tree; all in wreath. Rogers 422, fig. 227; see also Nomos 4, 1221. Near VF, olive green patina; struck on a small flan.

This and the next coin, essentially the same except for flan size and weight, demonstrate once more that the issuing authorities cared little for the above measurements as long as the right size dies were used. The size of the obverse type (usually a head) was the only criterion for establishing the value of the coin.

(501.2) THESSALY, Orthe. Late 4th century BC. Æ Chalkous (15mm, 2.81 g, 10h). Head of Athena r., wearing Corinthian helmet with serpent coiled on bowl, border of dots / OPʘIEIΩN from top l., down to r. and circular, forepart of horse r. emerging from rocks on which grows olive tree. Rogers 422, fig. 227. Near VF, olive patina; neither side perfectly centred.