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Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 1088. Estimate CHF125. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF1500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Krannon. 3rd century BC. Chalkous (Bronze, 15mm, 4.13 g 1). Laureate head of Zeus to right. Rev. ΚΡΑΝΝΟΥΝΙΟΥΝ Hydria flanked by two crows on cart; below, monogram of ΠΛΕ as last. Rogers 202. Rare. Very well centered for this issue. Dark patina. Nearly extremely fine.

This issue is usually dated to the 3rd century, but the head of Zeus here has very strong affinities to that on 2nd century coins of the Achaian League. If this is the case, then the chronology of the issues of Krannon will have to be considerably down-dated.