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Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 1210. Estimate CHF900. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF11000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Mopsion. Circa 350 BC. Tetrachalkon (Bronze, 22mm, 7.86 g 9). Laureate head of bearded Zeus facing, turned slightly to right; to right, thunderbolt. Rev. ΜΟΨΕΙ - ΩΝ Mopsos, nude, standing facing, his head turned to right, raising club in his right hand and extending his left to fight a centaur, rearing to left, raising boulder over his head with both hands and preparing to throw it. Moustaka 19. Rogers 412. Very rare. Lovely dark, red-brown patina and well centered. Nearly extremely fine.

A note from BCD: The bronzes of Mopsion are practically impossible to find in nice condition and without flaws or corrosion. They are also very rare and desirable because of their spectacularly eloquent reverse. The nicest one to come up for auction realized $18,000 (Triton X, 9 January 2007, 182) but this writer has some reservations concerning its authenticity.