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90041312
Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 1312. Estimate CHF2500. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF155000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Pherai. Alexander. Tyrant, 369-358 BC. Hemidrachm (Silver, 2.94 g 9). Youthful head of Jason to left, wearing petasos. Rev. ΑΛΕΞΑ - ΝΔΡΕΙΟΝ Horse’s hoof and lower leg to right. Traité IV, 617, pl. CCXCIV, 18 (same dies?). Extremely rare. Well centered and well struck in high relief, very lightly toned and remarkably attractive. Good extremely fine.


A note from BCD: Undoubtedly the best of the few known, a coin of magical appeal. The more I looked at it over the years, the more enchanted I became by its beauty. Without intending to exaggerate I would say that it is as close to perfection as any classical Greek coin can be.