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89000743

Skotussa. Lot of 5 coins.

Triton XV, Lot: 743. Estimate $250.
Sold for $300. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Lot of 5 coins.

(743.1) THESSALY, Skotussa. Early to mid 4th century BC. Æ Dichalkon (15mm, 2.74 g, 5h). Head of young Herakles l., wearing his lion’s skin headdress / Σ-K-O-ΦΠA from below, l. up and circular, forepart of horse walking r., its head bent; all in a concave field. Rogers 541, fig. 299 (same rev. die); see also Nomos 4, 1337 (same dies). Near VF, dark brown patina; the obverse somewhat off-centre.

The letters ΦΠA, being the same size as the ethnic letters, probably refer to a magistrate or even a sponsor, but surely not a die cutter.

(743.2) THESSALY, Skotussa. Early to mid 4th century BC. Æ Dichalkon (18mm, 4.41 g, 3h). Head of young Herakles l., wearing his lion’s skin headdress / Σ-KO from l. upwards circular, Π below the Σ, Φ above A vertically and below the truncation, forepart of horse grazing (?) r., all in a concave field. Rogers 541, fig. 299 var. [slightly smaller devices and different letter positioning]. Good Fine, dark green patina with minor scattered pitting; an unpublished (?) variety.

On this reverse die the horse appears to be scratching the side of its head with its foreleg.

(743.3) THESSALY, Skotussa. Early to mid 4th century BC. Æ Dichalkon (18mm, 4.45 g, 9h). Head of Jason (?) r. / [Σ-K-O] below, forepart of horse walking r., its head bent; all in an incuse circle. This type not found in the literature consulted. Fine, reddish green patina with rough surfaces, especially on the reverse; obverse looks as if it has been smoothed (or tooled?) in ancient times.


(743.4) THESSALY, Skotussa. Early to mid 4th century BC. Æ Dichalkon (18mm, 4.36 g, 10h). Head of bearded (?) Herakles r. / Σ-KO below, forepart of horse walking r., its head bent; in a circular area raised above the remaining field around it. This type not found in the literature consulted. Fine, brownish green patina; overstruck on (or melded with) an unknown type.

There is an undertype of a much smaller Herakles profile still visible on the centre of the obverse; the coin looks as if it is composed of two smaller coins that were heated and struck together so that the resulting coin would have the desired size and weight.

(743.5) THESSALY, Skotussa. Early to mid 4th century BC. Æ Dichalkon (17mm, 4.02 g, 11h). Head of young Herakles l., wearing his lion’s skin headdress / [Σ]-K-O from the r., across and up circular, kantharos in a circular, slightly incuse field. Rogers 545, fig. 302 = McClean 4704, pl. 176, 8 (same dies). Near Fine, dark green patina, rough surfaces; very rare.