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650195
Sale: Triton VII, Lot: 195. Estimate $2000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 12 January 2004. 
Sold For $2000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Thessalian League. 196-146 BC. AR Drachm (4.19 gm). Helmeted head of Athena right, helmet decorated with Pegasos; F behind, SWSIPATOS below / QESSA-LWN, horse walking right; monogram below, ALKETOU in exergue. BMC Thessaly -; SNG Copenhagen -; cf. SNG Ashmolean 3824 (with these magistrates). Superb EF, hairline flan crack, nicely centered, great style. Very rare, and apparently an unpublished variety. ($2000)

Typical Thessalian drachms of this type are not very rare, but they nearly always have no obverse control marks nor magistrate names on the reverse. There are none recorded with a full magistrate's name on the obverse, and those with a partial name on the obverse always place the name above Athena. The Ashmolean specimen is of the same type as this, and has the same two magistrate names, but they are both placed on the reverse, and the control marks are different.