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Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 1222. Estimate CHF1000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF3600. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Pagasai. Mid 4th century BC. Hemiobol (Silver, 0.41 g 9). Head of Jason (?) to right, with short hair and wearing a petasos Rev. Π-Α / Γ-Α Six-stringed lyre; all within shallow incuse circle. Apparently unpublished and unknown. Unique. Slightly rough surfaces, otherwise, about extremely fine.

The coinage of Pagasai can only have begun after 354/353 when Philip II liberated the city from the domination of Pherai, and would have ended with the foundation of Demetrias in 294/3 when Pagasai dwindled into a village. It seems that Apollo’s lyre was the city’s badge as it appears on the reverses of all four known coins of this city, three of which are offered in this catalogue. A note from BCD. The fourth was acquired on eBay by a good friend with a sharp eye, erroneously identified as...(I will not say what but any serious amateur can find out). Its description matches that of the next lot.