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Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 1037. Estimate CHF350. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF3000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Eurea. Circa 352-344 BC. Tetrachalkon (Bronze, 22mm, 7.54 g 12). Head of a nymph, three-quarter facing to left, with vine leaves in her hair. Rev. ΕΥΡΕΑΙ / Ω-Ν Bunch of grapes on stalk with two leaves. Rogers 211. SNG Copenhagen 49. Very rare. A splendid example. Minor traces of corrosion but with a fine dark reddish-brown patina. Extremely fine.

More than any other place, the Thessalians specialized in the facing heads of the nymphs who abounded in their mythological beliefs. This head is, of course, taken from the well-known issues of Larissa. For the chronology of the rare coinage of Eurea (as well as that of the comparable issues of Eurymenai and Rhizous, see J. Warren, Two Notes on Thessalian Coins, NC 1961, pp. 1-8. For a recent overview of the Eurea coinage, see Helly 2004.