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89000912

Thessalian League. Lot of 6 coins.

Triton XV, Lot: 912. Estimate $150.
Sold for $150. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Lot of 6 coins.

(912.1) THESSALY, Thessalian League. Late 2nd – mid 1st century BC. Æ Chalkous (13mm, 1.95 g, 3h). Laureate head of Apollo right / ΘEΣΣA/ΛΩ[N], Athena Itonia striding right, hurling spear held in her right hand, shield on her left arm; monogram in inner right field. Rogers 42b var. (monogram in inner left field). Fine, olive green and brown patina; rare.


(912.2) THESSALY, Thessalian League. Late 2nd – mid 1st century BC. Æ Chalkous (14mm, 3.40 g, 4h). Laureate head of Apollo right / [Θ]EΣΣA/ΛΩ[N], Athena Itonia striding right, hurling spear held in her right hand, shield on her left arm; monogram in inner right field. Rogers 42b. Good Fine, green patina, a few cleaning marks.


(912.3) THESSALY, Thessalian League. Late 2nd – mid 1st century BC. Æ Chalkous (17mm, 4.70 g, 12h). Laureate head of Apollo right / ΘEΣΣA/ΛΩ[N], Athena Itonia striding right, hurling spear held in her right hand, shield on her left arm; monogram in inner right field. Rogers 42b var. (monogram). Near VF, dark olive green patina, traces of red.


(912.4) THESSALY, Thessalian League. Late 2nd – mid 1st century BC. Æ Chalkous (15mm, 4.54 g, 1h). Phere..., magistrate. Laureate head of Apollo right / [Θ]EΣΣA/ΛΩN, Athena Itonia striding right, hurling spear held in her right hand, shield on her left arm; Φ-EPE above spear, grain ear in outer right field. Rogers 41. Near VF, brown surfaces, traces of red.


(912.5) THESSALY, Thessalian League. Late 2nd – mid 1st century BC. Æ Chalkous (14mm, 2.86 g, 12h). Ipp(olochos), magistrate. Laureate head of Apollo right / ΘEΣΣA/ΛΩN, Athena Itonia striding right, hurling spear held in her right hand, shield on her left arm; IΠ-Π[...] above spear. Rogers 39 var. (distribution of name). Near VF, dark green patina.


(912.6) THESSALY, Thessalian League. Late 2nd – mid 1st century BC. Æ Chalkous (15mm, 3.53 g, 12h). Phe(re)... and Isag..., magistrates. Laureate head of Apollo right / ΘEΣΣA/ΛΩN, Athena Itonia striding right, hurling spear held in her right hand, shield on her left arm; above spear, ΦE to left, IΣA to right; grain ear in outer right field. Cf. Rogers 40-41 for these magistrates appearing individually on this type with grain ear. Near VF, rough green patina; rare.

This is an unusual coin, that has the initial letters of two magistrates’ names above the spear. Both of these magistrates are known individually for this type with the grain ear symbol. It is uncertain whether both names are intentionally placed here to indicate the coin issue has two magistrates, or whether it is an error on the part of the engraver. As it is unusual to find two names above the spear, rather than one with a second name elsewhere on the die, it is tempting to think this is more likely an error. At the same time, the dies of this small denomination do not allow much room for a second name, such that it may only be possible to place both on the die if they are located above the spear.