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Research Coins: Feature Auction

 
89000578
Triton XV, Lot: 578. Estimate $200.
Sold for $1500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Phalanna. Late 4th century BC. Æ Dichalkon (18mm, 5.58 g, 1h). Youthful male head r., border of dots / ΦAΛANNAIΩN above circular, head of nymph r., wearing pendant earring and necklace, her hair bound in a sakkos tied at the back. Pozzi (Boutin) 2837. VF, nice green patina; the obv. a little rubbed, showing the bronze underneath a few spots; the reverse very pretty and with a lot of detail.

The style of this coin is superior to most from the large quantities of similarly sized dichalka that constitute the third and final period of the mint’s output according to Papaevangelou-Genakos. These dies were probably cut by a master engraver and were subsequently copied by lesser artists to the extent and amounts required at the time.