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Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 1096. Estimate CHF1500. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF32000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Larissa. Circa 500-479 BC. Hemidrachm (Silver, 2.61 g 4). Head of Jason to left, wearing petasos with ties under his chin. Rev. ΛΑ - [ΡΙ]-ϞΑΕ Jason’s sandal to left; all within incuse square. Herrmann Group I, p. 3 b var. (different legend). Extremely rare. Nicely toned and very well preserved. About extremely fine.

This is a lovely coin, with a powerful, still-archaic portrait of Jason. He has a fully frontal eye and the hint of a smile. The reverse legend has been restored here to read ΛΑΡΙϞΑΕ, but it may be that the letters rho and iota were actually never included.
A note from BCD. Most probably the two letters existed but the area of the field on the reverse die was filled in when this coin was struck.