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Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 1306. Estimate CHF200. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF4200. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Pherai. Circa 360s-350s BC. Tetartemorion (Silver, 0.23 g 6). Head of Ennodia to right. Rev. Φ-Ε Hunting dog sitting to right. Moustaka 1983, 73 and pl. 9 (this coin, but as a hemiobol). Extremely rare. An extraordinary and unexpected coin of great interest and charm. Somewhat rough surfaces and with some remaining corrosion products, otherwise, very fine.

This coin is placed here solely because of the simple two letter reverse inscription, which is similar to that on the lead token in the preceding lot. That, in turn, has been placed, somewhat tenuously, to the period of Alexander of Pherai because of the double ax on its reverse (Moustaka dated it to the early 4th century). Babelon attributed this miniature gem of numismatic art to Pheneos (Traité III, p. 603, 904, pl. CCXXV, 129), but this is obviously incorrect.