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Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 1266. Estimate CHF250. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF1700. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Pharkadon. Circa 460-440 BC. Hemidrachm (Silver, 2.96 g 2). Thessalos striding right, his petasos hanging from a cord around his neck, holding a band in both his hands around the head of the forepart of a bull moving right. Rev. ΦΑ - R - ΚΑ (retrograde) Forepart of bridled horse to right, rein trailing; downwards across torso, trident; all within incuse square. McClean 4672 and pl. 175, 7. CNG MBS 57, 2001, 295 (same dies, but with spurious references). Rare. The earliest “bull-wrestler type” from Pharkadon. Darkly toned as found, a particularly nice example. Good very fine.

Ex Numismatica Wien 27 October 1972, 335 (AS 1800), and from the Hollschek Collection, Part 14, Dorotheum 244, 24 October 1961, 924.