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89000715
Triton XV, Lot: 715. Estimate $300.
Sold for $850. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Pherai. 3rd century BC. AR Hemidrachm (16mm, 2.21 g, 5h). Head of the water nymph Hypereia facing, turned slightly l., wearing wreath of reeds in her hair; to l., fish swimming upwards / ΦEPAIΩN below, Ennodia, wreathed and draped, holding transverse long torch across her body, seated facing on horse galloping r., above l., fountain spout in the form of a lion’s head l., water gushing from its mouth. Traité IV, 624, pl. CCXCV, 3 corr. [Traité, p. 357, has the prefix of this coin as AE whereas it should be AR]; see also Nomos 4, 1323 (different dies). Near VF, dark toning; flan bent and straightened (?) at obv. 3 to 5 o’clock; rev. a little off centre; a very rare coin. From the collection of F. S. Knobloch.

Ex Stack’s 10 June 1970 (Knobloch) 228, hammer $320.

These coins used to be attributed to Lycophron II (353-352 BC) but ASW, quite rightly, dates them to the 3rd century BC.