Curtis JJ Posted September 1, 2022 · Member Share Posted September 1, 2022 (edited) As with most things, I have a LOT more to say about the coins of Phalanna at some point (I'll restrain myself now), specifically the type with the "bare male head," sometimes identified as Ares (?) or less commonly as Apollo (?). Preview/short version: Only the helmeted one on the right is actually Ares. All the bare male heads should probably be called Peloros, the mythological Thessalian "messenger" hero. Left: Æ Dichalkon: 16mm, 4.25g, 6h, Male head left / Head of nymph right wearing sakkos (BCD Thess II 584; Rogers 454; HGC 4, 179; Papevangelou-Genakos 11; BMC p. 41, 11) [Ex L.H., BCD Collection]; Right: Æ Chalkous: 12.5mm, 2.01 g, 12h (Ex CNG 519, 106) Head of Ares helmeted / Horse pracing right (BCD Thess 577; Rogers 457; HGC 4, 182; Papevangelou-Genakos 11) [Ex CNG 519, 106, BCD Collection, acq. early 1990s]. I have several dozen other Phalanna AE (at least 40 more); the vast majority are Male Head Right / Nymph Head Right types. The head left varieties are all rare (male head, nymph, or both). The Ares in helmet is also at least scarce, but CNG has sold a few of them lately, as have other sellers. Just a few others: (See also: CNG EA 455, Lot 84 and Lot 85.) The vast majority of mine are also ex-BCD. But it's clear from looking at auction records that the majority of Phalannian coins passed through the collection: CNG sold group lots containing thousands of ex-BCD bronzes just from Phalanna (Triton XVI, Lot 1641 alone contained 1,124 Phalanna AE). (There is a lot more variety, and the series is a lot more interesting, than one might realize. The dies are quite variable, and issues were struck for multiple generations, if not centuries.) A coin-in-hand video showing a few favorites: On a related note: Any time I buy coins with old collector tags -- especially in group lots, where they could be mixed up and be difficult or impossible to sort again -- I immediately photograph the coins with the tags. (That way I always know which goes with which, and even if the tags were to get lost, the information would at least be saved.) Please share some coins or thoughts or something! Edited September 1, 2022 by Curtis JJ 19 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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