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89000752

Skotussa. Lot of 5 coins.

Triton XV, Lot: 752. Estimate $250.
Sold for $800. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Lot of 5 coins.

(752.1) THESSALY, Skotussa. 3rd century BC. Æ Dichalkon (18mm, 4.94 g, 12h). Head of Ares or Athena r., wearing pearl necklace, earring and close-fitting helmet adorned with crest and plume; border of dots / [Σ]KOTOY[Σ] above, ΣAIΩN below, bridled horse prancing r. Rogers 547. Near VF, green patina; edge die flaw on rev. above horse’s tail.

ASW prefers to see Athena on the obverse of this and the following coins of this type and he may be right as this writer has not yet seen a depiction of Ares sporting a pearl necklace and an earring.

(752.2) THESSALY, Skotussa. 3rd century BC. Æ Dichalkon (18.5mm, 5.55 g, 11h). Head of Ares or Athena r., wearing pearl necklace, earring and close-fitting helmet adorned with crest and plume; border of dots / ΣKOTOY[Σ] above, ΣAIΩ[N] below, bridled horse prancing r., Φ below its tail. This variety not in consulted reference literature. Near VF, dark brown patina; rev. flan too small for the type, with horse’s head bordering on the edge of the coin.


(752.3) THESSALY, Skotussa. 3rd century BC. Æ Dichalkon (17mm, 5.24 g, 12h). Head of Ares or Athena r., wearing pearl(?) necklace, earring and close-fitting helmet adorned with crest and plume; border of dots / [Σ]KOTOY[Σ] above, [Σ]AIΩN mostly below the exergue line, bridled horse prancing r., Φ below its belly. SNG Cop. 258. Near VF, dark olive green patina; some of the rev. letters weakly struck and the horse’s head and front legs partly off flan.


(752.4) THESSALY, Skotussa. 3rd century BC. Æ Dichalkon (18mm, 5.34 g, 11h). Head of Ares or Athena r., wearing pearl(?) necklace, earring and close-fitting helmet adorned with crest and plume; border of dots / ΣKOTOYΣ above, [ΣAIΩN] below the exergue line, bridled horse prancing r., monogram below its belly. SNG Cop. 258 var. [Φ instead of 2]. Near VF, dark green patina with brown hues on the obverse; rev. a little off centre with the second half of inscription off flan.


(752.5) THESSALY, Skotussa. 3rd century BC. Æ Dichalkon (19mm, 4.85 g, 12h). Head of Ares or Athena r., wearing necklace (not visible here), earring and close-fitting helmet adorned with crest and plume; border of dots (hardly visible here) / ΣKOTO[YΣ] above, [Σ]AIΩN mostly below the exergue line, bridled horse prancing r. This variety not in consulted reference literature. Fine, dark brown patina with some bronze showing underneath in places; reverse with partly rough surfaces and marginally off centre.

It is possible that this coin is not the variety with the second part of the reverse legend partly below the exergue line and no letter or monogram below the horse as the worn and rough surface below the horse may have had a letter or a monogram not visible any more.