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Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 102. Estimate CHF5000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF5000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

ARKADIA, Pheneos. Circa 370-340 BC. Obol (Silver, 0.94 g 6). Bust of youthful Hermes to right, his cloak tied around his neck and with his petasos hanging behind, suspended by a cord Rev. ΦΕ Ram standing to right; above, kerykeion to right. BCD 1608. BMC 5. Traité II, 3, 891. Weber 4317. Rare. Beautifully struck and quite perfect. Minor flan crack, Virtually as struck.

From the Collection Z, Switzerland.

This superb coin must have been paid out and almost immediately buried for safe keeping - it certainly shows no signs of having circulated. As such it is one of the finest obols to have survived from the 4th century BC.