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Triton XV, Lot: 730. Estimate $200.
Sold for $450. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Skotussa. 2nd half of the 5th century BC. AR Drachm (18mm, 6.13 g, 8h). Forepart of horse r., below, ΠΥ in small letters; to r., an even smaller И / to l., ΣK reading upwards; to r., O , germinating grain diagonally upwards; all in an incuse square. See Gorny & Mosch 121 (10 March 2003) 117 (same dies); see also Nomos 4, 1333 (same obv. die). Near VF, nice old collection toning; obv. striking crack at 7 o’clock.

Ex Auctiones 7 (7 June 1977) 164, hammer CHF 2900; M+M FPL 290 (July 1968) 3.

ASW considers the small letters on the obv. magistrate’s initials but to this writer they seem more like artist signatures. They could also be control marks or even sponsor’s initials or marks. See above lots 510 and 511 for similarly sized and contemporary (?) marks on Pelinna drachms; also the next lot, 731, that repeats the И.