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89000786

Trikka. Lot of 4 coins.

Triton XV, Lot: 786. Estimate $150.
Sold for $200. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Lot of 4 coins.

(786.1) THESSALY, Trikka. 4th century BC. Æ Dichalkon (17mm, 3.54 g, 9h). Head of nymph Trikke r. with hair rolled, wearing pendant earring and pearl necklace / TPIKKAIΩN l. up, warrior, naked but for crested helmet, advancing r. with sword and oval shield decorated with hippocamp. Rogers 553, fig. 310; Traité IV, 556 and pl. CCXCII, 6. Near VF, attractive dark green patina; slightly flat struck on both sides at high relief points.

The writer believes that the correct spelling for the name of the nymph appearing on the Trikka bronzes is Trikke and not Trikka which is the city’s name.

(786.2) THESSALY, Trikka. 4th century BC. Æ Dichalkon (17mm, 3.33 g, 10h). Head of nymph Trikke r. with hair rolled, wearing pendant earring and pearl necklace / TPIKKAIΩ l. down, retrograde, И on its own, above inscription, warrior, naked but for crested helmet, advancing r. with sword and oval shield. This variety not found in consulted references. Fine, dark green patina with some red areas, mostly on the obverse, partly flat struck on both sides.

Another case of “the conscientious die cutter” where he had to add the last letter of the ethnic (and what a change from earlier times when just the first few letters of the ethnic were considered more than adequate). See also above, lot 710.2, where the engraver corrected his mistake of forgetting a letter by adding it below the line of the inscription.

(786.3) THESSALY, Trikka. 4th century BC. Æ Dichalkon (17mm, 3.38 g, 5h). Head of nymph Trikke r. with hair rolled, wearing pendant earring and pearl necklace; behind her neck, K retrograde / TPIKKA r. down circular; IΩN l. up, warrior, naked but for crested helmet, advancing r. with sword and oval shield decorated by serpent. See Nomos 4, 1360 corr., var. [the reversed K shows on the Nomos photograph but is not mentioned in the text; different letter arrangement and in the shield hippocamp and not serpent]. Good Fine, dark green patina; the reverse softly struck.


(786.4) THESSALY, Trikka. 4th century BC. Æ Dichalkon (17.5mm, 3.27 g, 1h). Head of nymph Trikke r. with hair rolled, behind her neck, Π; border of dots / TPIKKA l. up circular, IΩN r. down, warrior, naked but for crested helmet, advancing r. with sword and oval shield that has on its inside one vertical and two diagonal struts. This variety not found in consulted references. Good Fine, two-tone green patina; both sides slightly off centre.