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89000695
Triton XV, Lot: 695. Estimate $5000.
Sold for $35000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Pherai. Alexander. Tyrant, 369-358 BC. AR Stater (23.5mm, 11,50 g, 5h). Head of Ennodia facing, turned slightly to r., wearing pearl diadem, grape-cluster earring and pearl necklace; in field l., long torch / A-Λ-E-ΞA-N-ΔPOY from above, r. circular, Alexander, wearing Thessalian helmet and cuirass above short chiton, riding horse prancing r., holding the reins in his l. and thrusting lance downwards with his r., on horse’s rump, brand mark double axe; in field below, double axe symbol. Jameson 1106 (same rev. die); Hirsch 1163 (same rev. die). VF, toned; a coin of exquisite style; the obverse of unusually high relief; extremely rare.

Ex Leu 28 (5 May 1981) 100, hammer CHF 18500.

One of only five Alexander staters to have been auctioned after WWII, three were recently in Nomos 4, and the fourth, the Lockett and Weber coin, sold in Leu 71 (24 October 1997) 164. One look at this last coin is enough to appreciate the rarity of these staters; this was the best specimen that both Weber and Lockett were able to acquire during their collecting years.