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Triton XV, Lot: 600. Estimate $150.
Sold for $300. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Pharkadon (IACP 412)

Traditionally identified as being the modern Klokoto, the discovery of an inscription giving the city name at Palaiogardiki (thought to be Pelinna) has raised some doubts. It was an important city in the 5th century, but it followed an anti-Macedonian policy in the 4th century and was destroyed by Philip II in 352 BC. It seems then to have dwindled into insignificance. The city had a considerable and varied silver coinage in the 5th century BC. Beginning in the 460s BC, it consisted primarily of smaller denominations: some of the obols were probably struck in the earlier 4th century BC. As for bronzes, they were only issued in the second quarter of the 4th century BC and are quite rare.

THESSALY, Pharkadon. Circa 460 BC. AR Obol (12mm, 0.80 g, 11h). Head and neck of bull r., the animal turning to face the viewer; above, grain; all in dotted border / ΘA-R above, letters upside down, head and neck of bridled horse to r., behind it, trident from l. to r., diagonally downwards; all in incuse square. Liampi, Corpus, p. 109, 2a (V2/R2), pl. 5, 16 (this coin). Near VF, toned; uniformly crystallized surfaces.