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Phaloria. Lot of 2 coins.

Triton XV, Lot: 599. Estimate $150.
Sold for $500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Lot of 2 coins.

(599.1) THESSALY, Phaloria. Early 3rd century BC. Æ Trichalkon (19mm, 8.06 g, 11h). Head of Artemis - Bendis wearing Phrygian cap, head turned slightly to the l., quiver above her l. shoulder / ΦAΛO below, ΣAT above, the Σ retrograde, wolf r., at bay; below, bukranion sideways. This letter arrangement not found in reference sources consulted. Fine, green patina, scratched surfaces, mostly on the reverse; rare.


(599.2) THESSALY, Phaloria. Late 3rd century BC or later. Æ Trichalkon (?) (18mm, 4.86 g, 12h). Laureate head of Apollo r., border of dots / [ΦAΛ]OPIA l. up, ΣΣTO[N] r. down, Artemis, wearing short chiton and hunting boots, seated left on a pile of rocks, holding arrow in r., leaning on a rock while holding two spears with her l. This variety not found in reference works consulted. Fine, olive green patina; rough surfaces with some die flaws; very rare.

This issue of reduced weight and poor workmaship is probably a late coining attempt during the time that life in the city had declined to a basic subsistence level.