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4300088
430, Lot: 88. Estimate $75.
Sold for $260. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Mopsion. Circa 350-300 BC. Æ Trichalkon (21mm, 8.69 g, 11h). Laureate head of Zeus facing slightly right; vertical thunderbolt to right / MOΨ–EI–ΩN, the Lapith Mopsos, nude, standing facing, head right, about to strike with club a centaur rearing left, holding above head a boulder which he is about to hurl. Rogers 412; BCD Thessaly II 484; HGC 4, 537. Good Fine, rough green-brown surfaces. Rare.


From the BCD Collection, purchased from A. H. Baldwin, December 1970. Ex Münzen und Medaillen AG FPL 182 (August 1958), no. 13.

Mopsion, a small town situated on a hill between Larissa and Tempe, was named after Mopsos, the son of Amphykos. He was gifted with the power to understand the speech of birds, and traveled with Jason and the Argonauts as their seer. Mopsos met his death in Libya when he was bitten by a poisonous serpent that had sprung from the blood of Medusa's head.