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89000554
Triton XV, Lot: 554. Estimate $100.
Sold for $100. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Perrhaiboi. 4th century BC. Æ Dichalkon (17.5mm, 5.07 g, 12h). APIΣ in small letters l. down, Laureate head of Apollo r., linear circle / ΠΕΡΡΑΙΒΩ[Ν] above and to r., circular, head of nymph r., her hair in sphendone; to l., MA upwards; to r. Δ[A] downwards. Rogers 452, fig. 245 corr. var. [Rogers illustrates a coin of Perrhaiboi as Phalanna while his fig. 237 is a coin of the same dies, this time correctly attributed to Perrhaiboi. Our coin is a variant of these as its obv. die has the additional lettering of APIΣ; the two pairs of letters on the reverse are not mentioned in Rogers but show on his figure 245]. Near VF, dark brownish green patina; the nymph profile with some surface marks.

It is not often that the obv. letters show clearly on this die but they do here and it is quite unusual to have a bronze coin with three additional ‘signatures’, probably pertaining to mint officials or sponsors for the issue and/or die engravers.