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Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 1303. Estimate CHF250. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF550. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Pherai. Circa 404-369 BC. Trichalkon (Bronze, 20mm, 10.19 g 5). Facing head of Hypereia. Rev. ΦΕΡΑΙ[Ο]Ν Lion’s head spout to right, water pouring from its open jaws. Rogers 511. SNG Copenhagen 240. Very rare. Dark patina. Very fine.

This coin, and the three following lots, are placed here, at the beginning of the 4th century coinage of Pherai, simply because they are surely 4th century issues, but at the present time their exact place in the chronological sequence is uncertain. A note from BCD: A very unusual and early looking bronze that bears evidence of being struck from cast blanks, a technique that originated in Magna Graecian mints of the 5th century BC.