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Sale: Triton VII, Lot: 191. Estimate $300. 
Closing Date: Monday, 12 January 2004. 
Sold For $725. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Thessalian League. 196-146 BC. AR Stater (5.75 gm). Bearded head of Zeus right, wearing oak wreath / QESSA-LWN, Athena Itonia standing right, brandishing spear in right hand, holding shield on left arm; small NI below shield, GOR-GIAS above, Q-E-M-IS-T-O-GENHS below. BMC Thessaly -; SNG Copenhagen 271. EF, sylish portrait of Zeus. ($300)

This denomination has traditionally been called a "double victoriatus". We are grateful to Yiannis Stoyas for informing us that the correct term is "stater", as attested to in a number of inscriptions from the time.