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430, Lot: 87. Estimate $75.
Sold for $120. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Metropolis. Early 4th century BC. AR Trihemiobol (11.5mm, 1.31 g, 8h). Head of Aphrodite Kastnia facing slightly left; dove to left, crowning Eros to right / ΜΗΤΡΟΠΟ-ΛΙΤΩΝ], Apollo Musegetes advancing right, playing lyre. BCD Thessaly II 475; HGC 4, 252. Near VF, lightly toned, light porosity. Rare.

From the BCD II sale: “Ambitioius subjects for both obverse and reverse, engraved with flair and ingenuity...these fourth century small coins of minor Thessalian cities, minted for prestige rather than economic reasons, are a delight to the senses and never cease to amaze us with their ingeniously chosen and masterfully executed iconography."