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Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 1347. Estimate CHF375. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF7000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Thebai. Circa 302-286 BC. Hemidrachm (Silver, 2.62 g 11), Aeginetan standard, or, interchangeably, an Attic tetrobol. Head of Demeter to right, wearing grain wreath and veil. Rev. ΘΗΒΑΙΩΝ Protesilaos, wearing crested helmet and armor, and holding shield in his left hand and sword in his right, advancing to right over waves of the sea on the shore; behind him to left, prow of galley. BMC 1. Moustaka pl 11, 92 (the coin on the left). SNG Copenhagen 259. An attractive, clear example. About extremely fine.

This was quite a limited coinage: the drachms all seem to have been struck from the same pair of dies while the hemidrachms were produced using only around 3 or 4 die pairs, used somewhat interchangeably.