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Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 1334. Estimate CHF500. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF2200. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Skotussa. Later 5th century BC. Hemiobol (Silver, 0.44 g 7). Head of youthful hero, Thessalos, to right, wearing petasos. Rev. ΣΚ - Ο Barley grain; all within incuse square. Apparently unpublished and unknown. Unique, a coin of great interest. Slightly rough surfaces. Good very fine.


This piece is quite extraordinary, and brings a host of problems with it! Stylistically it is certainly 5th century (it could be early 4th but that definitely seems too late) but it can not be much earlier than the 440s or so. It is also clearly connected with the horse forepart/barley grain series, thus down-dating some of those coins to even later in the 5th century too. But it is clearly earlier than the following lot...