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Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 1019. Estimate CHF2500. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF9500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Ainianes. Circa 80s (- 40s?) BC. Trihemidrachm (Silver, 7.66 g 12), Hypata. Nikarchos. ΝΙΚΑΡΧΟΣ Head of Athena Parthenos to right, wearing an Attic helmet adorned with Pegasos, tendril, and four horse protomes. Rev. ΑΙΝΙΑ-ΝΩΝ Phemios as a slinger to right, as last, but with no magistrate’s symbol. De Callataÿ, 2004, 67 (this coin). Extremely rare. Toned and on a broad flan, partly flat struck in placesotherwise an impressive and attractive coin. About extremely fine.

Ex Auctiones 6, 30 September 1976, 131 (CHF 4100) and Hess-Leu 31, 6 December 1966, 276 (CHF 680).

The exceptionally broad flan of this coin is highly reminiscent of the staters of the Thessalian League, which were struck in the 40s BC (see below, lot 1388).