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ID:     Pharos
Type:     Greek
Region:     THESSALY
City:     Pharos
Metal:     Bronze
Denomination:     Dichalkon
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     c. 350 BC
Diameter:     15 mm
Weight:     2.86 g
Obverse Description:     Young male head l., wearing a wide head band binding his long hair
Reverse Legend:     ΦΑΡΑΙΩΝ
Reverse Description:     Forepart of horse r., below, trident left
Mint:     Pharos
Primary Reference:     CNG Triton XV, 625
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Source:     http://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=199235#
Special Comments:     Unpublished, unknown and unique (?).
Grade:     gF
Notes:     A hitherto historically and numismatically unknown Thessalian city. The writer was able to trace a reference to it in Stephanos Byzantios through Stählin and is therefore confident that the mint of Pharos can be added to the list of Thessalian poleis that issued coins [Φάρος ... ἔστι καὶ πόλις Περραιβική. ἐθνικὸν τὸ αὐτό. (Pharos ... is also a city in Perrhaibaia. Nationality is the same.)]. The head on the obverse is probably the city’s hero or its mythical founder. The reverse alludes to the well known horse Skyphios (see lots 1 to 23 in this auction) accompanied by Poseidon’s trident that released him when the god struck the rock with it.