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Triton XV, Lot: 982. Estimate $100.
Sold for $800. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Koinon of Thessaly. Plautilla. Augusta, AD 202-205. Æ Diassarion (22mm, 7.32 g, 9h). AYΓ • ΠΛ-AYTIΛΛ[...], draped bust right / KOIN[ON ΘЄCC]AΛ[...N], Athena Itonia striding right, hurling spear held in her right hand, shield on her left arm. Unpublished. Good Fine, dark green patina, minor roughness. Unique (?), and the only known coin of Plautilla in the Thessalian Koinon series.

The TIΛΛ of the obverse legend is barely visible on the coin, and the form of the omega on the reverse is uncertain. The appearance of this coin in the market during 1992, without the sellers appreciating it for what it was, indicates that there is always hope that something completely new and unknown will surface in the field of ancient coin collecting. An additional bonus to the inquisitive collector can be that sometimes the importance of such a treasure trove will not be immediately recognized.