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Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 1026. Estimate CHF150. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF2400. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Atrax. Circa 360s-340s BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 17.5mm, 3.11 g 11). Bearded head of Atrax to right. Rev. ΑΤΡΑ / ΓΙΩΝ Bull, with head lowered, butting to right. Rogers 160. A splendid example with a black patina. Obverse almost unnoticeably double-struck, otherwise, extremely fine.

Do note the great difference in style of the head of Atrax on this coin with that found on the earlier piece in lot 1024 above. That head harks back to a late Archaic prototype while this piece is fully Classical in feel with a bearded head that could easily be that of Zeus if only it wore a laurel wreath.