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Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 1044. Estimate CHF125. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF700. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Gomphi-Philippopolis. Circa 300 BC, or later until the 280s. Tetrachalkon (Bronze, 20mm, 8.63 g 2). Head of a nymph, turned three-quarters facing to left, her hair seemingly floating and bound with a diadem, and wearing a pearl necklace. Rev. ΓΟΜΦΕ-ΩΝ Zeus Palamnaios seated left on backless throne, holding thunderbolt in his right hand and long scepter in his left. BMC 4. Rogers 220. A remarkably well preserved and well centered example with a fine dark patina. Extremely fine.

This issue, in which the head of Hera on the obverse is replaced with that of a nymph in the style of those of Larissa, seems to have been much more extensive than the coins with Hera that preceded it. The style of this issue is also clearly later than those with Hera: in addition, the fact that Zeus is now seated on a throne and holds both a scepter and a thunderbolt has undoubtedly been influenced by the widespread silver coinage of Alexander. That the coin could be even later, down into the first quarter of the 3rd century, is suggested by the legend arrangement, which, with the two parts of the legend flanking the seated figure on the reverse, is similar to many posthumous Alexanders.