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Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 1228. Estimate CHF175. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF850. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Pelinna. First half of the 4th century BC. Lot of two bronze chalkoi. . 1228.1 15 mm, 2.66 g 12. Thessalian horseman left, with fallen foe. Rev. ΠΕΛΙΝ-ΝΑΙ Thessalian warrior striding left. Rogers 427. Traité IV 530, pl. CCXC, 19. 1228.2 14 mm, 2.94 g 12. Thessalian horseman right. Rev. ΠΕΛΙΝΝ-ΑΙΩΝ Thessalian warrior striding left. Rogers -. SNG Copenhagen 187. Attractive patinas. Nearly extremely fine (2).

A note from BCD. The rendering of the warrior on the reverse of these two bronzes is the same on the silver drachm of 1227 above. It is therefore quite possible that the drachms served as a prototype for the die engravers of this bronze type or even that the same hand was involved. In any event, it appears that these bronzes were struck earlier than what was thought up to now; the two drachms offered above, should, in my opinion, be dated to the last quarter of the 5th century rather than the first half of the 4th.