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Skotussa. Lot of 2 coins.

Triton XV, Lot: 737. Estimate $100.
Sold for $400. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Lot of 2 coins.

(737.1) THESSALY, Skotussa. Early 4th century BC. Æ Chalkous (13.5mm, 3.69 g, 12h). Head of young Herakles r. wearing lion’s skin headdress / Σ-K-O from below to r. and up, forepart of horse walking l., its head bent; all in incuse circle. Rogers 539, fig. 297. Near VF, greenish brown patina with some areas of red; minor surface roughness and the obverse very slightly off centre.

This and the next coin, 740.2, seem to be the earliest Skotussa bronzes and may date as far back as the end of the 5th century.

(737.2) THESSALY, Skotussa. Early 4th century BC. Æ Chalkous (14mm, 2.87 g, 1h). Head of young Herakles r. wearing lion’s skin headdress / Σ-K-O from below, to r. and up, the Σ retrograde, forepart of horse walking l., its head bent; all in shallow incuse circle. The reverse die with the retrograde Σ not found in the literature consulted. Good Fine, green patina; ancient scrape on the edge of the reverse at 7 o’clock.

A coin with an odd looking obverse style and an extra I (?) on the rev. behind the retrograde Σ that could either be a die flaw or a leftover from the undertype of a restruck coin.