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Research Coins: Feature Auction

 
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Triton XV, Lot: 649. Estimate $100.
Sold for $150. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Pharsalos. Circa 400 BC. Æ Chalkous (11.5mm, 1.36 g, 8h). Head of Athena r., wearing Attic helmet with raised cheek piece, strands of hair escaping below her neck / Φ-A-P-Σ retrograde from below r., l. up and circular, head and neck of horse r. in shallow incuse circle. Not in Lavva but rev. die is R155, obv. new; see also Nomos 4, 1286 (very similar dies, from the same hand). Good Fine, dark green patina, a scarce type.

Probably the earliest bronze coin of Pharsalos - at least Rogers thinks so (see p. 161, 510). Lavva’s generic dating for all Pharsalos bronzes cannot be seriously considered.