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Triton XV, Lot: 612. Estimate $200.
Sold for $3750. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Pharkadon. Last quarter of the 5th to 1st quarter of the 4th centuries BC. AR Tetartemorion (7mm, 0.13 g, 1h). Youthful male head r. with short hair, border of dots / Φ-A-P-K to l., circular, star of four rays in linear circle. Unpublished, unknown and unique (?). Good Fine, darkly toned with a couple of small die flaws on the obverse, one below the mouth and another at the tip of the nose.

This is one of the three known different Thessalian tetartemoria (1/4 obols), all of them making their debut in this catalogue. The other two are from Larissa (lot 143) and Pharsalos (lot 637). This writer is very pleased to have been able to list these unique miniatures suitably enlarged so that the reader can appreciate the skill and ingenuity of die cutters and mint operatives in the production of these fascinating microscopic marvels.