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Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 1079. Estimate CHF800. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF9000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Krannon. Circa 460-400 BC. Drachm (Silver, 5.98 g 2). ΧΑ-Ν Youthful Hero (Thessalos) walking right, nude but for cloak and petasos tied over his shoulders, holding, with both hands, a band around the head of a bull rushing to right. Rev. Κ-RΑ-ΝΟ Bridled horse trotting to left, reins trailing on the ground; behind, trident; all within shallow incuse square. CNG MBS 82, 2009, 459 (same dies). Weber 2800 (same dies). Very rare, one of only a very few drachms of Krannon known). A decent and well centered coin, with the usual die break on the reverse. Very fine.

The early coinage of Krannon, struck with the usual Thessalian League types of the hero and bull, is generally rare, with the drachms being extremely so. As is normal with Thessalian coins of the 5th century, this coin circulated for a long time prior to its loss.