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Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 1172. Estimate CHF200. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF1100. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Larissa. 2nd Century BC. Lot of two bronze coins, a tetrachalkon and a dichalkon. . 1172.1 20 mm, 8.33 g 2. Head of Larissa to right; behind head, monogram; on neck, countermark of a helmet in an oval surround. Rev. ΛΑΡΙ-ΣΑΙΩΝ Armored horseman wearing spiked helmet galloping right. Rogers 309. 1172.2 16 mm, 3.41 g 9. Head of Larissa to right; behind head, monogram. Rev. ΛΑΡΙ -ΣΑΙΩΝ Armored horseman wearing spiked helmet galloping right. Rogers 293a. Both with dark patinas. Nearly extremely fine (2).


Rogers thought that his example of the dichalkon 1172.2 might have been from Asia Minor since it is quite reminiscent of coins from there. This is not the case, however; not only are coins of this type found in Thessaly (and not in Asia), but there is a larger denomination, which is also found in Thessaly.