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Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 1370. Estimate CHF125. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF700. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Thessalian League. Second half 2nd century BC. Stater (Silver, 6.23 g 10), Poli.... Head of Zeus to right, wearing oak wreath; behind head, monogram. Rev. ΘΕΣΣΑ / ΛΩΝ Athena Itonia striding right, hurling spear with her right hand and extending shield in her left; in field to left and right, Π-Ο / Λ-Ι. BMC 4. SNG Berry 554. A bright and attractive example. Traces of overstriking on the obverse. About extremely fine.

A note from BCD: The number of magistrates on the staters and, to a lesser extent, the smaller denominations of the 2nd-1st century League is quite a challenge for the specialized collector. Here, ASW has chosen just a small selection, but his well-trained eye picked not only for style and quality but also for rarity. Actually, ASW had wanted to put in dozens and dozens of magistrates, being as complete as possible - in the manner of his Peloponnesos catalogue - but, thanks to BCD’s sensible rules about not being ridiculous, he was forced to pick only coins that were truly nice.