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Triton XV, Lot: 788. Estimate $150.
Sold for $1000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Trikka. Late 4th to early 3rd centuries BC. Æ Trichalkon (23mm, 7.36 g, 12h). Head of nymph Trikke r. wearing triple pendant earring, border of dots / TPIKKAI l. up circular, ΩN r. down, bearded and draped Asklepios, his torso bare, seated r. on stool, his staff over his l. shoulder, holding dove by its wings in his r. hand and feeding with it a snake coiled l. facing him. Rogers 555, fig. 312 var. [A below stool]; see also Nomos 4, 1358 var. [A below stool]. VF, dark brown patina with a few marks; an attractive specimen with an unusual reverse subject.

The BMC dates these coins to 300 - 190 BC whereas Babelon (who thinks that the mint of Trikka closed in 334 BC) dates them to the first half of the 4th century BC. The truth probably lies somewhere in between and it is quite possible that a few varieties were struck well into the 3rd century BC.