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Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 1041. Estimate CHF900. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF10000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Gomphi-Philippopolis. Circa 350 BC. Hemidrachm (Silver, 2.77 g 12). Head of Hera facing, wearing stephane, pendant earrings and a solid, torc-like necklace, as last. Rev. ΦΙΛΙΠΠ-ΟΠΟΛΙ[ΤΩΝ] Zeus seated left, as last, with thunderbolt to left. Unpublished, but another piece does exist in the Empedocles collection in Athens. Of the greatest rarity, the finest example known, and of splendid style with a charming head of Hera. Crystalized surfaces and minor edge scrape, otherwise, extremely fine.

This exceptional coin is, despite its rough surfaces, one of the most attractive and lovely coins struck in 4th century Greece. It is simply astonishing!