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Triton XV, Lot: 981. Estimate $100.
Sold for $1200. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Koinon of Thessaly. Geta. As Caesar, AD 198-209. Æ Assarion (17mm, 3.75 g, 12h). AY ΛOY CE ΓЄTAC, bareheaded, draped, and cuirassed bust right / KOINON ΘЄCC[AΛ]ѠN, Athena Itonia striding right, hurling spear held in her right hand, shield on her left arm. Burrer, MA-G 27 (this coin); Rogers –. Good Fine, brown and red patina; unique (?).

This is the first Thessalian Geta this writer ever acquired; it appeared in the 60’s as part of an old collection. To find a coin of an Emperor not even mentioned in Rogers was a revelation and at the same time a reminder that no book on ancient Greek coins can be complete, no matter how narrow is the subject treated. What has been really surprising though is that the coin still remains unique, at least to this writers knowledge and up to the time of writing.