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89000988

Koinon of Thessaly. Valerian I. Lot of 3 coins.

Triton XV, Lot: 988. Estimate $125.
Sold for $450. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Lot of 3 coins.

(988.1) THESSALY, Koinon of Thessaly. Valerian I. AD 253-260. Æ Tetrassarion (21mm, 11.10 g, 1h). AV K ΠOΛI-O [VAΛЄPIANOC], radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / KOINON ΘЄ-CCAΛ[ΩN], Athena Itonia striding right, hurling spear held in her right hand, shield on her left arm; Δ (mark of value) in left field. Burrer, MA-G 47 var. (obv. legend); Rogers 124 var. (same). Near VF, dark green patina, with some red areas.

A decent portrait and a neat strike for these usually poorly struck coins; viewing it together with lots 988.2 and 990.3, we can reconstruct the features of this unfortunate emperor who was betrayed when he sued for peace and had to spend the rest of his life in captivity, serving as a foot stool to the Sassanid king Shapur I when the latter wanted to mount his horse.

(988.2) THESSALY, Koinon of Thessaly. Valerian I. AD 253-260. Æ Tetrassarion (20mm, 6.13 g, 6h). [AV] K ΠOΛO V[A]ΛЄP[IANOC], radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / KOINON ΘЄCCAΛΩN, Athena Itonia striding right, hurling spear held in her right hand, shield on her left arm; Δ (mark of value) in left field. Burrer, MA-G 47; Rogers 124. Good Fine, pale olive green patina.

This coin is struck from the same obverse die used for the triassarion Burrer, MA-G 49 (and lot 990.1, below).

(988.3) THESSALY, Koinon of Thessaly. Valerian I. AD 253-260. Æ Tetrassarion (21mm, 5.52 g, 6h). AV K ΠOΛI-O VAΛЄPI[ANOC], laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / KOINON ΘЄCCAΛΩN, Athena Itonia striding right, hurling spear held in her right hand, shield on her left arm; Δ (mark of value) in left field. Burrer, MA-G –; Rogers 124 var. (obv. legend and bust type). Good Fine, green patina.

Struck from the same obverse die as Burrer, MA-G 50 (and lot 990.3, below), and the triassarion in lot 990.2, below.