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89000796

ISLANDS off THESSALY, Ikos. Lot of 2 coins.

Triton XV, Lot: 796. Estimate $150.
Sold for $800. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Lot of 2 coins.

(796.1) ISLANDS off THESSALY, Ikos. 3rd century BC. Æ Dichalkon (17mm, 3.28 g, 7h). Bearded and wreathed head of Poseidon r. / I at middle r., KI-Ω retrograde below, N at middle l., four-pronged trident upwards, with dolphins on either side swimming downwards. These dies unknown and unpublished. Fine, green patina with some brownish red on the obverse which is marginally off centre; surfaces slightly rough; a new variety of a very rare coinage.

There is quite a difference of style and fabric between this coin and the two earlier issues of Ikos; a 3rd century BC date is more suitable here.

(796.2) ISLANDS off THESSALY, Ikos. 3rd century BC. Æ Chalkous (14mm, 1.85 g, 7h). Bearded and wreathed head of Poseidon r. / I-K-I-Ω-И retrograde, from middle r. down and circular, ornamental trident pointing up; two dolphins swimming downwards on either side; concave field. SNG Fitzwilliam 2488 (same obv. die; rev. die from the same hand). Fine, olive green patina with some reddish brown on the reverse, slightly porous surfaces, mainly on the obverse, the second known (?) of this late type.

The concave fabric of this bronze suggests an even later date; this writer would place it towards the end of the 3rd century BC.