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Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 1269. Estimate CHF300. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF3200. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Pharkadon. Circa 440-400 BC. Hemidrachm (Silver, 2.81 g 2). Thessalos, striding right and with his cloak and petasos over his shoulders, using both hands to hold a band around the head of the forepart of a bull rushing right. Rev. Φ-Α-Ρ-Κ Forepart of horse to right. SNG Copenhagen 211 var. Rare. Some surface roughness but in high relief and of fine style. Extremely fine.

A note from BCD: The artistic standard of engraving for the horse on this and the two previous Pharkadon hemidrachms is very high. As can also be seen from the fractions and the bronze that follow, the mint was not afraid to improvise and this is surely a sign of a flourishing, affluent city.