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Phalanna. Lot of 3 coins.

Triton XV, Lot: 587. Estimate $150.
Sold for $1100. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Lot of 3 coins.

(587.1) THESSALY, Phalanna. 4th century BC. Æ Chalkous (14mm, 1.84 g, 6h). Youthful male head r., border of dots / ΦAΛANN r. down, [AIΩN] l. up, head of nymph r., wearing single pendant earring and torque necklace, her hair bound in a sakkos tied at the back. Papaevangelou-Genakos 7 var. [although the style is very close, this coin has appreciably larger heads]. Near VF, dark green patina; obv. with some red surfaces and softly struck.

It is quite clear that the engraving of this coin and lot 587.3 was the work of the same hand. The obvious difference in the size of the heads could only mean that they were meant to be two different denominations.

(587.2) THESSALY, Phalanna. 4th century BC. Æ Chalkous (13mm, 3.57 g, 6h). Youthful male head r., border of dots / [ΦAΛ]AN-NAI-[ΩN] from above l., r. down and circular, horse trotting r. SNG Cop. 202. Good Fine, green patina with red areas; struck on a tight flan and not perfectly centred; scarce.

This must have been the typical 4th century chalkous and the horse reverse was obviously chosen to make sure there would be no misunderstandings about the value of the denomination.

(587.3) THESSALY, Phalanna. 4th century BC. Æ Hemichalkon (?) (11mm, 1.57 g, 3h). Youthful male head r., border of dots / [ΦAΛA]NNAIΩN from middle r., down and circular, head of nymph r., wearing double torque necklace, her hair bound in a sakkos tied at the back. Papaevangelou-Genakos 7 (this coin, illustrated on plate 1). VF, dark brown patina with red areas; edge die flaw on rev. at 3 o’clock; very rare.

Could this very small denomination of late 4th century style be half a chalkous? The size of the devices is definitely smaller than the well known - and of later date - Ares/horse chalkous (see lot 577 above).