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89000778

Trikka. Lot of 5 coins.

Triton XV, Lot: 778. Estimate $250.
Sold for $1800. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Lot of 5 coins.

(778.1) THESSALY, Trikka. 2nd half of the 5th century BC. AR Obol (11mm, 0.88 g, 6h). Free horse prancing l., above, IΣ; border of dots / TPIKA (sic) r. down, the nymph Trikke standing r., fully draped, holding box in her l. hand and opening it with her r., all in incuse square. Traité IV, 553 and pl. CCXCII, 3 var. [no letters on obverse]. Near VF, original dark deposit on surfaces with some accompanying roughness; the obverse a little off centre and the reverse minimally double struck.

This coin shares a rev. die with lot 771 above, and confirms the ethnic’s reading with just one K.

(778.2) THESSALY, Trikka. 2nd half of the 5th century BC. AR Obol (11mm, 0.79 g, 12h). Free horse prancing r., border of dots / TPIK l. up, KAION r. down, Athena striding l., wearing crested helmet, aegis and long robes, hurling horizontally long spear with her r. hand and holding shield with her l., all within a shallow incuse square with rounded edges and corners. SNG Alpha Bank 279; see also Nomos 4, 1355. Near VF, lightly toned with some roughness in the fields, mostly on the reverse.


(778.3) THESSALY, Trikka. 2nd half of the 5th century BC. AR Obol (10.5mm, 0.89 g, 2h). Free horse in slow trot r. / TPIKKAI r. down, ΩN l. up, the nymph Trikke in long drapery, standing facing, head l., bouncing ball on the ground with her r. hand, her l. on her waist; all in shallow circular incuse. Traité IV, 555 and pl. CCXCII, 5 (same dies). Near VF, very lightly toned with a couple of darker patches and small marks on the obverse; minor, mostly peripheral, porosity; otherwise well struck and centred, with nice detail.


(778.4) THESSALY, Trikka. 2nd half of the 5th century BC. AR Obol (10.5mm, 0.67 g, 12h). Free horse prancing l., below, VE, the E retrograde; border of dots / T-P above, to l. and r., I-KK r. down, A below, the nymph Trikke bending r., in long robes, balancing hydria on her raised l. knee, under lion’s head fountain spout with water running from its mouth (not fully visible). SNG München 191; SNG Fitzwilliam 2385 corr. [wrongly as Larissa]; SNG Berry 539 var., corr. [obv. to r. and wrongly as Larissa]. Good Fine, the obv. a little unevenly toned, marginally off centre and with a minor striking split at 7 o’clock; oval flan, surfaces slightly porous.


(778.5) THESSALY, Trikka. 2nd half of the 5th century BC. AR Obol (12mm, 0.66 g, 3h). Free horse prancing r., below, VE, the E retrograde; border of dots / T-[P]-I l. up and circular to r., KKA r. down, Athena (?) in chiton with double fold around the waist, standing facing, half turned to l., holding in l. hand a spear and with r. patera over altar. BMC p. 51, 10, pl. XI, 8 var. [horse to l.]. Good Fine, toned; die flaws near the edge of obverse, above and below horse; a rare type.

The rev. figure does not look like Athena to the writer, her head seems to be covered with a veil in which case she would be Hera. However, there is no precedent for Hera in Trikka whereas Athena features on other obol reverses.