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Triton XV, Lot: 754. Estimate $200.
Sold for $375. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Skotussa. 3rd century BC. Æ Chalkous (15mm, 2.75 g, 12h). Thessalian helmet with earpiece to r., border of dots / ΣKOTOYΣ above, [Σ]AIΩN in exergue, sheep standing r. on club r. Rogers 548, fig 304; see also Nomos 4, 1345. VF, brown patina with yellowish hues.

Rogers calls the animal on the reverse of this coin a ram but the head is small and with hardly any horns. ASW in Nomos 4, 1345 believes it is a horse or a hound. It has even been called a leopard by a collector friend but this writer will stay with his original opinion that we are dealing with a sheep. On some other rev. dies, the fat tail as well as the patterning on the body (the artist’s rendering of the “woolly look”), are even more pronounced and typical of that animal.