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Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 1072. Estimate CHF500. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF8000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Kierion. Circa 350 BC. Trihemiobol (Silver, 1.46 g 3). Head of the nymph Arne to right, wearing pendant earring and necklace. Rev. ΚΙΕΡΙ-ΕΙΩΝ The nymph Arne, wearing earring, necklace and full robes, kneeling right, her head turned to left, playing with knucklebones tossed from her right hand. BMC 2 = Traité IV, 511 and pl. CCXC, 1. Same dies as G. Hirsch 251, 9 May 2007, lots 619-620. Very rare. A naturally beautifully toned and very attractive example. Nearly extremely fine.

On this coin Arne has become much more of a modern nymph than she was on earlier coins. On the obverse she has a very soigné look, similar to Demeter on the contemporary coins of Lokris, and on the reverse she is fully draped, though in the same pose as her seminude predecessor on the city’s coinage of only a few years earlier.