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Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 1386. Estimate CHF175. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF1500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Thessalian League. Third quarter of the 1st century BC. Drachm (Silver, 4.18 g 12), Androsthenes and Aristokles. Laureate head of Apollo to right; behind head, ΕΠΙ ΑΝΔΡΟ / ΣΘΕΝΟΥΣ. Rev. ΘΕΣΣΑ / ΛΩΝ Athena Itonia striding right, hurling spear with her right hand and extending shield in her left; above spear, Α-ΡΙΣ; in field to left and right, ΤΟ /ΚΛΗ / Σ. Helly 1966, 14 = SNG Berry 559. Rare. Attractive and toned. Good very fine.


Ex Kirk Davis FPL 27, August 1999, 53 ($375).

A note from BCD: Kirk always surprises me with his neat and attractive coins; when I saw this one in his list I could not resist it. Its style is so different from the earlier League drachms, and yet this late Hellenistic Apollo reveals the rare sensitivity of a supremely gifted artist.