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Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 1020. Estimate CHF600. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF2800. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Ainianes. Circa 80s (- 40s?) BC. Hemidrachm (Silver, 2.35 g 1), Hypata. Daimeneos. ΔΑΙΜΕ - ΝΕΟΣ Head of Athena in Attic helmet to right. Rev. ΑΙΝΙΑΝ-ΩΝ Phemios as a slinger to right, as above; to right, palm branch. De Callataÿ, 2004, p. 135, 24 (this coin). SNG Lockett 1547. SNG Munich 5. Very rare. Toned and attractive, but reverse slightly double struck. Good very fine.

Ex Vinchon 9 December 1983, 100 (FF 10,000).

In the SNG Munich this coin is termed a diobol. I find this quite impossible since silver fractions below the value of a hemidrachm had almost entirely ceased to exist after the later 3rd century. De Callataÿ tentatively suggests it is a tetrobol, which makes more sense, but when compared to the large denomination in the preceding lots, I prefer to see it as a hemidrachm.