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Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 1246. Estimate CHF400. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF3200. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Perrhaiboi. Later 2nd - early 1st Century BC . Drachm (Silver, 4.28 g 12). Laureate head of Zeus to right. Rev. ΠΕΡΡΑΙ - ΒΩΝ Hera, draped, seated on throne to right, holding long scepter with her right hand and resting her left on her knee; to right, monogram of ΣΩ. SNG Berry 547. Very rare. Bright and well preserved. Extremely fine.

Ex Giessener Münzhandlung 48, 2 April 1990, 283 (DM 2000).

This coin has been traditonally dated to 196-146, but this seems to be too early, especially when compared to the widespread issues of the League and given its epigraphic peculiarities. All the letters of the legend on the reverse were made by first punching in guide marks and then connecting them, a way of engraving that seems to be a relatively late feature.