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Triton XV, Lot: 537. Estimate $200.
Sold for $500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

The Perrhaiboi (IACP pp. 689-690)

As mentioned above under Olosson, the Perrhaiboi were the inhabitants of the district of Perrhaibia, which is to the north of Thessaly proper and borders Macedonia. The coinage in the name of the Perrhaiboi was struck at Olosson and begins in the 5th century BC, with types that follow those of the League issues. These are followed by bronzes of the first half of the 4th century BC and then, after a long break, by silver and bronze of what are probably either the late 2nd or 1st century BC. Other Perrhaibian cities that struck coins were Gonnos and Phalanna.

THESSALY, Perrhaiboi. Late second quarter of the 5th century BC. AR Obol (12mm, 0.90 g, 12h). Head and neck of bull r., the animal turning its head to face the viewer; above, “star”, all in border of dots / Π-Ε r. up, head and neck of bridled horse r., all in incuse square. Liampi, Corpus, p. 109, 1e (this coin). VF, lightly toned; die flaw on rev. below horse’s neckline.

For commentary on the obverse “star” see below, note after lot 541.