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ISLANDS off THESSALY, Peparethos. Lot of 3 coins.

Triton XV, Lot: 802. Estimate $125.
Sold for $1800. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Lot of 3 coins.

(802.1) ISLANDS off THESSALY, Peparethos. 1st century BC. Æ Chalkous (13mm, 1.71 g, 12h). Head of Demeter r. veiled and wreathed with grain ears / Π-E above, Π below l., thyrsos upwards, superimposed on crossed torches; below to r., indistinct triangular symbol, one side of it curved. Rogers 564, fig. 319 corr. = BMC p.53, 8 and pl. XI, 16 corr. [both from the same pair of dies as this coin; there is no fourth letter in the inscription; instead, the triangular symbol looks like an unfurled sail]. Near VF, medium brown patina with the high relief points lighter; second known (?).

The post-classical continuity of bronze coin issues on Peparethos, most of them demonstrating very poor engraving quality, can be explained by the relative isolation of the island during the Hellenistic and later periods.

(802.2) ISLANDS off THESSALY, Peparethos. 1st century BC. Æ Dichalkon (16mm, 3.83 g, 8h). Bust of young Dionysos r., crowned with ivy; border of dots / ΠЄΠAPHΘIѠN from above l., down and up to r., circular; some letters partly off flan, kantharos, in the background, diagonally, palm branch. Rogers 565, fig. 320; BMC p. 53, 9. Good Fine, somewhat rough green - brown patina; two banker’s marks on the side of Dionysos’ head; very rare.

(802.3) ISLANDS off THESSALY, Peparethos. 1st century BC. Æ Dichalkon (15mm, 2.76 g, 12h). Head of Athena r. in crested helmet / Π-E and Π-A in the middle and below to l. and r., bunch of grapes and two tendrils, one with a vine leaf, hanging from horizontal vine branch. Rogers 567, fig. 322. Good Fine, green patina with some red on the obverse; a very rare coin.

In contrast to the Classical and Hellenistic Peparethos bronzes that become available from time to time in the trade, the first century and Augustan issues are very rare to extremely rare and only turn up with the dispersal of old collections.