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Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 1308. Estimate CHF6000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF8500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Pherai. Alexander. Tyrant, 369-358 BC. Stater (Silver, 11.92 g 11). ΕΝ-ΝΟΔ-ΙΑΣ Laureate head of Ennodia to right, wearing triangular pendant earring and pearl necklace. Rev. ΑΛ-ΕΞΑΝΔ-ΡΕ-Ι-Ο-Σ Alexander riding horse galloping to right, the reins in his left hand and a lance held level in his right, wearing cavalry helmet, cuirass and with his sheathed sword on a baldric around his chest; on horse’s rump, double ax. Wartenberg 17 (this coin). Unique, and effectively unpublished. The coin’s types were engraved by an artist of great talent who produced a particularly serene and elegant head of the goddess and a splendid figure of Alexander. However, the obverse is pitted and the coin has generally rough surfaces, otherwise, extremely fine.

A note from BCD: Could it be that this profile obverse type preceded the facing head issues? If so, it would not be by much as the reverse type is practically unchanged between this coin and the last lot.