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Triton XV, Lot: 745. Estimate $150.
Sold for $600. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Skotussa. Early to mid 4th century BC. Æ Dichalkon (19.5mm, 4.54 g, 12h). Head of Athena r, in crested Attic helmet, decorated with an animal that resembles a winged wolf; below the neck truncation, Λ / Σ-K-O from below r., to l. and up circular, the Σ very open and retrograde, kantharos, decorated with and entangled in ivy tendrils and leaves; above, club r. Published by Imhoof-Blumer with a line drawing as ‘uncertain Magna Graecia’. Near VF, green patina with red areas; some roughness on the obverse, probably the second known (?).

The writer found the above reference by accident while browsing in an obscure work by Imhoof-Blumer and unfortunately made the mistake of not placing a marker in the book or making a note of the reference. Several subsequent searches in his library proved fruitless and he is now in the regrettable position of being unable to quote the only reference he could find for this practically unique coin and at the same time correct the scholar he has admired more than anyone else during his collecting years.