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Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 1233. Estimate CHF250. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF3600. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Pelinna. Early to mid 2nd century BC. Tetrachalkon (Bronze, 20mm, 6.98 g 5). Veiled head of Mantho to right. Rev. ΠΕΛΙΝΝΑ - [ΕΙΩΝ] Nike standing left, holding wreath in her upraised right hand and stylis in her left. Apparently unpublished. Boldly struck and with a dark green patina. Extremely fine.

Compare the style of the head of Mantho on this coin with that of lot 1229, above, which is clearly centuries earlier. A note from BCD: The discovery of this unknown type that links the Mantho and Athena obverses was quite a thrill - the kind of thrill reserved exclusively for collectors that collect an area ‘in depth’ and know how infrequent such occurrences are likely to be.