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Triton XV, Lot: 727. Estimate $150.
Sold for $3000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Skotussa. 2nd half of the 5th century BC. AR Trihemiobol (10.5mm, 1.07 g, 6h). Bull’s hoof on a shield with its circumference marked by a dotted border; all within a dotted circle / ΣK to l. upwards, O to r., germinating grain, its opening end on top, diagonally in an incuse square. Unique (?) and unpublished, save for its auction appearance listed below. Near VF, lightly toned with crystallized surfaces.

Ex Helios 5 (25 June 2010) 92, hammer € 700.

In spite of the weight being rather low, this unique (?) coin is a trihemiobol as it clearly copies the obverse theme from Larissa’s Asklepios and nymph reverse trihemiobols (see lots 169 and 365 above). What is very interesting is that Skotoussa combines this theme with the early Thessalian League reverse type of grain. There are various re-dating scenarios that emerge from this observation but discussing them would be beyond the scope of this catalogue. See, however, lot 732 below for an obol sharing the same reverse die with this trihemiobol.