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Triton XV, Lot: 598. Estimate $200.
Sold for $1100. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Phaloria. Mid 3rd century BC. Æ Trichalkon (22mm, 9.21 g, 4h). Laureate head of Apollo r., border of dots / ΦAΛ-ΩPI-AΣTΩN from lower l., above to r. and down circular, Bendis, wearing short chiton, hunting boots and Phrygian cap, quiver behind her l. shoulder, seated left on a pile of rocks, holding arrow in r., leaning on a rock while holding two spears with her l. Moustaka, Bendis, pp 345-350, A 2 (this coin). Good Fine, dark olive green patina, obv. surfaces slightly rough, minor flatness in the centre of the reverse; a rare coin with a charming and eloquently detailed subject.

This type uses the later version of the ethnic and should be struck after the two preceding types; also because lot 599.2 below is a degenerate version of this type, struck during an even later period when the city was in decline.