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Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 1059. Estimate CHF100. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF350. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Halos. Circa 3rd century BC. Chalkous (Bronze, 15mm, 2.17 g 8). Head of Zeus right, similar to the last. Rev. ΑΛΕΩ / Ν Phrixos as last, but with true cloak billowing out behind; above left, obscure monogram but probably the same as last. Reinders Series 12(same dies). Rogers 244 var. A rare variant. Brown patina. Very fine.

This coin is clearly later in style than those that precede it. One wonders whether this, and many other Thessalian coins, should be placed in the 2nd or, even, in the first century BC (but see below for how unlikely this suggestion is!).
A note from BCD: According to the excavators, New Halos p. 166, the occupation of the settlement ended in the second quarter of the 3rd century BC and it is therefore unlikely that coins continued to be struck by ghosts in a deserted city. What ASW sees as ‘later’ style is actually the work of a less competent die cutter.