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Triton XV, Lot: 783. Estimate $150.
Sold for $7500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Trikka. Circa 400 BC. AR Trihemiobol (13.5mm, 1.22 g, 6h). Thessalian horseman riding r., wearing petasos, chlamys and short chiton, holding a long switch above the horse’s head / TPIKKA[I] from top r., downwards, OИ l. up, the nymph Trikke, draped, with her hair rolled around and tied up above her head, seated r. on an elaborate stool with curved legs; her l. hand raises a mirror in front of her face; her r. rests on her lap and holds an oval box of jewels, or make-up accessories. Traité IV, 548 and pl. CCXCI, 18 corr. [trihemiobol, not obol, same dies]; Jameson 1090 (same obv. die); see also Peus 386 (26 April 2006) 144 (same dies). Near VF, lightly toned; surfaces very slightly porous; an ancient rectangular depression on the obverse ground line, otherwise well centred and struck; a rare and attractive coin, especially in this condition.

SNG Fitzwilliam 2461 corr. [trihemiobol, not obol] is another one of these coins with a different reverse die. There, what the nymph holds is larger in relation to the rest of the image and described as a perfume box.