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Rhizous. Lot of 2 coins.

Triton XV, Lot: 724. Estimate $200.
Sold for $1400. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Lot of 2 coins.

(724.1) THESSALY, Rhizous. 4th century BC. Æ Dichalkon (18mm, 4.88 g). Female head r., wearing pendant earring, her hair gathered up in a bunch above and to the back of her head / PI⌶OYΣIΩ-N circular, star of ten rays around central pellet, ethnic reading clockwise with letters in all spaces between the rays except for the space between the Ω and the N. Traité IV, 748 and pl. CCC, 20 (same dies). Good Fine, lime green patina with bronze showing on the obv. at high relief points and under a scratch on the forehead; pitted surfaces; an extremely rare denomination.

This middle size denomination of Rhizous is amongst the rarest Thessalian coins; sadly, its surface pitting would not allow this specimen to be offered on its own as a single coin lot.

(724.2) THESSALY, Rhizous. 4th century BC. Æ Trichalkon (21mm, 6.46 g, 9h). Laureate and bearded head of Zeus r., border of dots / P-I-⌶OY-ΣIΩN from the top, r. down circular, bunch of grapes hanging on a stalk from a vine branch with two vine leaves, one on each side; above the branch two scroll-like vine tendrils symmetrically placed; in field r., trident upwards. Rogers 538; Traité IV, 747 and pl. CCC, 19 var. [different dies, the Ω upside down]. Near VF, leaf green patina with the bronze showing on the high relief parts of the obverse and the coin’s edges.