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Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 1326. Estimate CHF200. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF650. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Proerna. Circa 306-283 BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 18mm, 4.54 g 11). Head of a nymph facing, her head turned slightly to the right, wearing a simple hair band and a pendant earring in her right ear. Rev. ΠΡΩΕΡΝΙΩΝ Demeter standing facing, her head to left, holding long torch in her left hand and two ears of wheat in her right; to left, Φ. Rogers 534. Very rare. Dark patina. Reverse rather softly struck, otherwise, about extremely fine/about very fine.

The coinage of Proerna is virtually unknown, with only a single type, this one, in Rogers. The obverse is very clearly copied from the widespread issues of Larissa and it ought to be dated to the later 4th century. As for the following two lots, the nymph who appears on their obverses is a much more original creation and must be somewhat later in date.