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Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 1054. Estimate CHF225. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF850. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Gyrton. Circa 340s-320s/later 4th-early 3rd C BC. Lot of two bronze coins, dichalkon and trichalkon. . 1054.1 20 mm, 7.90 g 12. Head of Apollo left. Rev. ΓΥΡΤΩΝΙΩΝ Head of Gyrtona left with monogram behind. Rogers 231 (but monogram probably misread). SNG Copenhagen 58. 1054.2 20 mm, 8.05 g, 2. Laureate head of Zeus to right. Rev. ΓΥΡΤΩΝΙΩΝ Horse trotting right. BMC 4. Rogers 232. Both attractive with fine patinas. Nearly extremely fine (2).

1054.1 ex Peus 328, 2 May 1990, 82 (DM 330).

The laureate head of Apollo on this coin looks as if it is taken from the coinage of Philip II, thus making it the latest of the earlier group of Gyrton’s coinage (Rogers suggests it could possibly be Gyrton wearing a wreath, but he does not seem to think that to be too likely). As for the second piece, the extensive Zeus/Horse coinage of Gyrton must have lasted some time because it is known in a variety of styles. The first issue, as this, lacks a magistrate’s monogram, but all the succeeding ones bear one (as in the following lot). This coin is quite reminiscent of the late issue of Atrax (as above, lot 1033).