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Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 1048. Estimate CHF2200. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF6500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Gyrton. Circa 340s BC. Hemidrachm (Silver, 2.98 g 3). Head of the youthful Hero Gyrton to right; behind, Π. Rev. ΓΥΡΤΟ-ΝΙ-ΟΝ Horse prancing to right. Gorny 56, 1991, 198 (this coin). Unique. A coin of rather severe style and great beauty. Some traces of horn silver around the devices, otherwise, about extremely fine.

Ex Giessener Münzhandlung 56, 7 October 1991, 198 (DM 10,500).

This is almost certainly the first coin struck at Gyrton, which the very soberly made head of the local hero and the use of the omicron in the ethnic, instead of the customary omega, make clear. Its appearance in 1991 caused a sensation and was, once again, proof that surprises can always appear in Greek numismatics. We owe the dating of the coinage of Gyrton to Dr. F. Burrer who has kindly made available to us his as yet unpublished study on the city’s silver.