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Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 1226. Estimate CHF1000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF15000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Pelinna. First half of the 4th century BC. Drachm (Silver, 6.20 g 10). Thessalian cavalryman, wearing petasos and chlamys, and holding a spear pointing backwards, riding to left on galloping horse; above, in tiny letters, ΑΙ; below horse, Α. Rev. [Π]ΕΛΙΝΝΑΙΚΟΝ (Νs retrograde) Warrior advancing left, his head turned back to right, wearing petasos and chlamys and with a sword in a scabbard held by a baldric, holding short spear in his right hand and a round shield, ornamented with a crescent, and two other spears in his left. Traité IV 527, pl. CCXC, 15. Very rare. A clear piece. Some minor marks and with a slightly rough surface, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.

The tiny letters on the obverse of this coin, and the next, probably represent control marks of mint officials responsible for the issue. See, below lot 1333, for a similar case.