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89000592

Phalanna. Lot of 3 coins.

Triton XV, Lot: 592. Estimate $150.
Sold for $220. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Lot of 3 coins.

(592.1) THESSALY, Phalanna. 3rd century BC. Æ Trichalkon (19.5mm, 6.95 g, 12h). Youthful male head r. / [ΦAΛ]-A-NNAIΩ[N] from above, r. down circular, head of nymph r., wearing beaded necklace, her hair bound in a sakkos. Papaevangelou-Genakos 8 (similar style). Near VF, nice green patina; the reverse marginally off centre and on a tight flan for the size of the die.

Assuming that this style is of the third century seemed to be the most logical way to proceed. The style here becomes more “liberated” and at the same time less “fussy”.

(592.2) THESSALY, Phalanna. 3rd century BC. Æ Trichalkon (20mm, 8.35 g, 6h). Youthful male head r., border of dots / Φ[AΛANNAI]ΩN from above, r. down circular, head of nymph r., wearing pendant earring and plain necklace with central bead, her hair is bound in a sakkos tying behind; in field l., pellet to r. of monogram. SNG Soutzos 389; see also Gorny & Mosch 191 (11 October 2010) 1373 for the same hand cutting the obverse die, the reverse being a die match. Good Fine, attractive dark brown patina; the obverse flat struck on the hair and the reverse on a tight flan.

This coin and lot 593.4 below share the same monogram on their reverse. The same monogram also occurs on the late trichalka of Pelinna (see lot 535.3 above, as well as 526 and 535.2, the last two being variations, but still referring to the same letters). It is obvious that we are dealing with the same artist, engraving the Nike reverses of Pelinna and the nymphs of Phalanna at about the beginning of the 3rd quarter of the 3rd century BC. The date of 220s BC derives from the resemblance of the obverse of this coin to the obverses of lots 580 and 582 above, the latter having a horse on the reverse that is from the same hand as the horse of the silver drachm in lot 581.

(592.3) THESSALY, Phalanna. 3rd century BC. Æ Trichalkon (21mm, 5.34 g, 12h). Youthful male head r., border of dots / ΦA[ΛANNAI]ΩN from above, r. down circular, head of nymph r., wearing triple-drop pendant earring and beaded necklace with central ornament, her hair is bound in a sakkos tying behind; in field l., retrograde E. This particular variant not found in consulted references. Near VF, dark brown patina with reddish hues; scattered marks and minor pits, mostly on the rev.

Acquired from Sidney Mygind, October 1990, for £ 20.