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Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 1250. Estimate CHF800. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF5500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Phalanna. Circa 360-340 BC. Drachm (Silver, 5.57 g 10). Youthful male head to right, perhaps Peloros (?). Rev. ΦΑΛ-ΑΝΝΑ-ΙΩΝ Bridled horse trotting right, with curly tail. BMC 1 = Papaevangelou-Genakos 1. Traité IV, 583, pl. CCXCIII, 7 var. Rare. A clear and attractive piece, very nicely toned and unusually pleasing. Some very minor marks on the reverse, otherwise, extremely fine.

The silver coinage of Phalanna. and by extension the early bronze, is usually given the general date of 4th century, but it can be narrowed to some extent by comparing the horse with that found on issues of Larissa. He usually has a curly tail, prances to right and has a legend that goes around the coin, usually ending in the exergue: this is quite similar to the horses that begin to appear on the later facing head groups from Larissa (as the didrachms, above, lots 1159-1161) and allows us to date Phalanna’s coinage to the later second and early third quarter of the 4th century, probably c. 360-340. This coinage of drachms must have been fairly extensive, since at least two obverse dies were used for it (paired with at least four reverse dies): the second issue of drachms was much smaller in scope (as lot 1253, below).