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Triton XV, Lot: 714. Estimate $300.
Sold for $3250. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Pherai. Early 3rd century BC. AR Hemidrachm (14mm, 2.71 g, 11h). Wreathed head of Ennodia l., wearing triple pendant earring and beaded necklace with central ornament; behind, torch / ΦEPAIOY[N] l. down, the nymph Hypereia, fully draped, standing l., her l. hand at her waist and with her r. she touches the top of a fountain spout in the form of a lion’s head r., water gushing from its mouth; below l., wreath enclosing AΣ-TO. Jameson 2474 (this coin); see also Nomos 4, 1321. VF, toned; some leftovers of re-deposited silver from 6 to 9 o’clock on the reverse.

Acquired from Baldwin’s, June 1971, for £ 125; ex M+M FPL 315 (August 1970) 10; Hess-Leu [20] (12 April 1962) 203.

Robert Hecht should be thanked for this pedigreed hemidrachm; when he found out that Thessaly was this writer’s favourite collecting area he produced this coin from his collection and left it with Baldwin’s for the next time the writer would visit their premises.