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Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 1060. Estimate CHF300. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF4500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Herakleia Trachinia. Circa 370s BC. Obol (Silver, 0.95 g 7). Lion’s head with closed mouth to right. Rev. ΗΡΑ (Retrograde) Club downwards; to right, ivy leaf. BMC 1 = Traité IV, 447 and pl. CCLXXXVII, 10. Weber 2812 (this coin). Very rare. Darkly toned and nicely struck. Nearly extremely fine.

Ex Numismatica Ars Classica 1, 29 March 1989, 152 (CHF 1000) and from the Weber Collection, acquired from Jean Lambros in 1887.

The compact flan and round incuse argues for a date that is early in the second quarter of the 4th century BC - certainly prior to the city’s take over by the Oitaians circa 350.