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ISLANDS off THESSALY, Peparethos. Lot of 6 coins.

Triton XV, Lot: 801. Estimate $250.
Sold for $1200. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Lot of 6 coins.

(801.1) ISLANDS off THESSALY, Peparethos. 2nd century BC. Æ Dichalkon (18mm, 3.75 g, 6h). Head of young Dionysos r., wreathed with ivy / Π-E to l. and r. above, Π-A to l. and r. below, amphora with tendrils emerging from it and culminating below in grape bunches. The exact type not found in consulted references. Fine, green and tan two tone surface; old edge dig at reverse 8 o’clock; both sides struck a little softly.


(801.2) ISLANDS off THESSALY, Peparethos. 2nd century BC. Æ Dichalkon (18mm, 4.04 g, 5h). Head of young Dionysos r., wreathed with ivy / Π-E below, amphora with ivy and vine tendrils emerging from it; on the l., a tendril curling down and then up, below it, ivy leaf upwards; above it, Δ; on the r. a similar tendril has a grape bunch hanging from it; above the vessel, ivy tendrils and leaves; all in a slightly concave field. The exact type not found in consulted references. Fine, green patina with a few rough spots on the obverse that is also softly struck; the reverse with some red and lighter green spots on the amphora and minor peripheral roughness.


(801.3) ISLANDS off THESSALY, Peparethos. 2nd century BC. Æ Dichalkon (16.5mm, 2.95 g, 2h). Head of young Dionysos r., wreathed with ivy; border of dots / ΠE above, [Π]-A below, kantharos, above it and next to the E, (palm?) branch emerging diagonally to r., border of dots. Rogers 562, fig. 318 var. [amphora instead of kantharos; no palm branch above to r. or dotted circle on the reverse]. Fine, green, slightly rough, patina; obverse marginally off centre.

The obverse style of this coin is a departure from the usual portraits of late Peparethos bronzes and has some affinity to an abundant issue of Elateia in Phokis. See BCD Lokris-Phokis (NAC 55, 8 October 2010) 421.6 and, deriving from this, 422 to 425 and 473. Assuming this coin is contemporary, it could be dated to the beginning of the 2nd century BC.

(801.4) ISLANDS off THESSALY, Peparethos. 2nd century BC. Æ Dichalkon (20.5mm, 4.49 g, 12h). Head of young Dionysos r., wreathed with ivy / ΠE-Π[A] below, kantharos, tendrils emerging from it with grapes hanging on the l. Traité IV, 769 and pl. CCCII, 6. Near Fine, brown patina; softly struck on both sides.

Acquired from Baldwin’s, February 1977, for £ 3.


(801.5) ISLANDS off THESSALY, Peparethos. 2nd century BC. Æ Dichalkon (17mm, 2.23 g, 1h). Head of young Dionysos r., wreathed with ivy; border of dots / ΠE above, Π-A in the middle, l. and r., P-H below, l. and r., long-footed amphora, all in circular incuse. Rogers 563; SNG Cop. 362. Good Fine, green patina; obverse striking split at 11 o’clock; reverse a little off centre.


(801.6) ISLANDS off THESSALY, Peparethos. 2nd century BC. Æ Dichalkon (18.5mm, 4.81 g, 7h). Head of young Dionysos r., wreathed with ivy; border of dots / ΠE above, Π-A in the middle, l. and r., P-H below, l. and r., long-footed amphora, all in concave field. Rogers 563; SNG Cop. 363 (same rev. die); SNG Evelpidis 1702 (same obv. die). Fine, nice green patina; obverse and reverse high points flat struck.

This and the previous coin, 801.5, may not look similar but their obverse dies are from the same hand.