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Triton XV, Lot: 659. Estimate $100.
Sold for $130. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Pharsalos. 4th century BC. Æ Chalkous (14.5mm, 1.93 g, 6h). Helmeted head of Athena facing, turned slightly to l. / Φ-A-P-Σ circular from lower l. anticlockwise, the P and Σ retrograde, Thessalian cavalryman, wearing petasos, chlamys and short chiton, riding horse prancing r. Lavva -, but rev. die is R254, obv. die not in Lavva but very similar (same hand) to V181. Near VF, brown patina; somewhat rough surfaces and the obv. a little off centre with a hairline striking crack at 6 o’clock; a rare type.

A January 1991 gift from a good friend and said to have been found in the Chalkidike.

The reverse die of this coin is from the same hand that engraved the reverse die of lot 673.2 below.