Thessaly, Phakion, AE Trichalcon, 3rd century BC, Plate Coin
City/Region:
Thessaly, Phakion
Denomination:
AE Trichalcon
Composition:
Bronze
Date:
3rd century BC
Obverse:
Head of nymph right, wearing wreath of corn and earring
Reverse:
ΦΑΚΙ-ΑΣ-[ΤΩΝ],Horseman right, clad in chlamys, right hand raised, horse trotting
Size:
19.58mm, 6.83g, 11h
Grade:
gVF, dark-brown patina
Rarity:
extremely rare, few coins from Phakion exist - at the time of the Papevangelou publication, only 42 were known
Provenance:
Pedigreed, from the BCD Collection, with his round tag and accompanied by life sized photos of each side of the coin, ex CNG eAuction 412 (17 January 2018), Lot 142
References:
Papaevangelou Group II, 22a (O8/R19 – this coin, illustrated); BCD Thessaly II 566; BMC Thessasly [Phacium] p.40, 1-2; SNG Alpha Bank 203; SNG Kikpe 492 var. (corn-ear); HGC 4, 542; SGCV I 2176; SNC Copenhagen -

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Plate coin from Papaevangelou, C.E. "The Coinage of Phakion" in Schweizerische Numismatische Rundschau 1996 pp. 33-45

Phakion (or 'Phacium') is believed to have been an ancient city in Thessaly. Named after 'Φακος', meaning 'lentils', its exact location is still unknown today. Evidence that this city once existed is limited to literary sources and its bronze coinage. This coin is one of only 42, then known to Pappaevangelou.