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Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 1188. Estimate CHF250. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF4800. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Magnetes. Circa 47-44 BC. Drachm (Silver, 3.41 g 12). Laureate head of Zeus to right. Rev. ΜΑΓΝΗ - ΤΩΝ / [Η]ΓΗΣΑΝΔΡΟ Artemis, holding bow in her right hand, seated left on galley prow to left. Furtwängler, Emission G. SNG Copenhagen 154. SNG Munich 97. Clear, toned and relatively well-struck. Good very fine.


The late drachms of Magnetes signed by Hegesandros bear heads of Zeus that are remarkably similar to those on the contemporary League drachms. These heads are large in size and have very coarse hair and beards. In some ways they are curiously impressive.
A note from BCD: They are also considerably scarcer than the earlier Magnetes drachms (of which ASW did not include any in his selection) but of course not as difficult to find as the two lots immediately preceding this. Probably because ASW was told not to be so scholarly and not to add a fascinating but fairly awful piece in, maybe, good fine. BCD says it is neither fascinating nor awful, just not up to the standard ASW had in mind (the standard, ASW reminds the reader, which was insisted upon by BCD).