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Triton XV, Lot: 725. Estimate $300.
Sold for $700. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Rhizous. Late 4th century BC. Æ Chalkous (11mm, 1.92 g). Female head to r., her hair rolled around her head; border of dots / P-I-⌶-[O-Y-Σ]-I retrograde circular, star of eight rays around central pellet in a circle, ethnic reading anticlockwise with letters in all spaces between the rays except for the space between the last I and the P. This exact variety not found in the consulted reference literature. VF, reddish brown patina; the rev. slightly off centre and with a small die flaw on the edge of a ray.

The artwork on this coin is clearly inferior to the known star reverse types of Rhizous and this is the reason it has been dated later. The engraving style could even be from the 3rd century BC.