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89000531

Pelinna. Lot of 2 coins.

Triton XV, Lot: 531. Estimate $150.
Sold for $100. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Lot of 2 coins.

(531.1) THESSALY, Pelinna. Mid 4th century BC. Æ Chalkous (15.5mm, 1.94 g, 12h). Thessalian horseman, wearing chlamys and petasos, prancing l., border of dots / Π-ΕΛ r. down, INNAI l. up, Mantho, draped and veiled, standing r., holding an open casket. Rogers 429, fig. 233 var. [legend slightly different]; see also Nomos 4, 1231. Near VF, nice olive-brown patina and well centred; small die flaw under horse’s chest, a neat coin touching upon an intriguing mythological subject.

Mantho (or Manto) was the daughter of the blind seer Tiresias and the box she is holding is the source of her prophesies as she also had the gift of telling the future. See above, lot 523, for an extremely rare trichalkon where she is pictured with her father.

(531.2) THESSALY, Pelinna. Mid 4th century BC. Æ Chalkous (16mm, 3.30 g, 3h). Thessalian rider wearing petasos and chlamys, prancing r. / Π-ΕΛI r. down, NNAEI l. up, Mantho, draped and veiled, standing r., opening her casket. The exact types not found in consulted literature but see CNG e-sale 244 (10 November 2010) 79 for similar but with obv. border of dots and different lettering. Near VF, brown patina with some red surface on the reverse.

This particular obverse die is very close (same hand?) to some Krannon rider/chariot types. See in particular lot 1435.9 in Nomos 4.