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90041345
Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 1345. Estimate CHF125. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF2600. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Skotussa. Circa 300-190 BC. Chalkous (Bronze, 14mm, 2.64 g 12). Thessalian helmet to right. Rev. ΣΚΟΤΟΥ / [Σ]ΑΙΩΝ Animal (horse or hound) standing to right on club. Rogers 548. Dark greenish-brown patina. Nearly extremely fine.


The animal on the reverse of this coin has long been identified as a ram, which would be reasonable except for the fact that it does not have horns. It is also set rather high on its legs and, frankly, does not look like a sheep at all! Given the short head it is most likely a hound, though it could possibly be a rather odd horse.
A note from BCD: BCD thinks that there are short horns (barely visible) on the animal of this coin and also that its skin is somewhat patterned, an attempt to indicate its wooly cover.. But this could also be some form of blanket covering the animal, which brings to mind the famous Thessalian racing horse of the time of Demetrios Poliorketes, Θαλασσομπισκότο. Or perhaps not.