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Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 1220. Estimate CHF375. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF3600. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Orthe. Late 4th - early 3rd century. Trichalkon (Bronze, 22mm, 6.24 g 10). Head of Athena wearing Corinthian helmet to right, with serpent coiled on bowl of helmet. Rev. ΟΡΘΙΕΙΩΝ Forepart of a horse springing to right from a rocky outcrop, on which grows an olive tree; around, olive wreath with ties below. Moustaka 30. Rogers 421. Traité IV 595, pl. CCXCIII, 16. Bold and clear with a dark patina. Good very fine.

The head of Athena on the obverse is very clearly copied from the gold distaters and staters of Alexander minted in Macedonia, as Price 163 ff.; thus the earliest date for this coin is probably the 320s.