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Triton XV, Lot: 565. Estimate $100.
Sold for $900. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Peuma. Early 3rd century BC. Æ Chalkous (13.5mm, 1.66 g, 12h). Wreathed head of Achilles r. / ΠEYMATIΩN from top r., down r. and circular, around AX monogram, to r., a Phrygian helmet. SNG Cop. 198; SNG Christomanos 420; see also CNG e-sale 250 (23 February 2011) 51 and CNG 81 (20 May 2009) 427. Near VF, dark brown patina with lighter brown highlights; an attractive coin.

Contrary to most other small and obscure Thessalian mints where die duplicates are the rule rather than the exception, Peuma (or Peumata as Rogers calls the city) seems to have produced a multitude of reverse dies with the reading of the legend starting at a different point every time. The obverse dies are also quite numerous, the only relatively rare variety, except the one with the retrograde legend, being the type where the symbol of Phrygian helmet is missing.