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Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 1035. Estimate CHF400. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF1400. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Dia. Mid 4th century BC. Chalkous (Bronze, 16mm, 2.65 g 5). Bearded head of Zeus to left. Rev. ΔΙΑΩΝ Nymph seated right on high-backed throne, holding long scepter in her left hand and phiale in her right. Demetriadi 1998, Issue II, 3 (but as Dion in Macedonia). Hatzopoulos/Psoma 1998/9, p. 11, 2 (Dia in Thessaly). Extremely rare, only three examples of this type are known, and only a total of thirteen coins for the city as a whole). Attractive dark green patina and fine style. Obverse slightly off center, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.

Virtually all the known coins of Dia, including the example that appeared in Bankhaus Aufhäuser 15, 21 March 2000, 137 ( the only other example of a coin from Dia offered for public sale), are now in museums - all the pieces published in 1998 that were not already in public collections were donated to the Athens Cabinet. Thus, this is the only example to be had on the market.