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Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 1393. Estimate CHF150. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF950. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Thessalian League. Circa late 30s - 27 BC. Obol (Bronze, 20mm, 6.99 g 1), Philokrates, Italos and Petraios. ΦΙΛΟΚΡΑ / ΤΟΥΣ Helmeted and draped bust of Athena to right. Rev. ΘΕΣΣΑ / ΛΩΝ Athena Itonia standing to left, holding Nike in her outstretched right hand and spear and shield in her right; above, ΙΤΑ-ΛΟΥ; below, ΠΕΤΡΑΙΟΣ. Burrer p. 62. Rogers 59. SNG Munich 241. Dark patina. An unusually complete example, with full legends and very clearly struck. Good very fine.

The magistrates signing this issue also sign those bearing the head of Octavian, as in the following lot, and must be nearly contemporary. The broad flan of this coin, so different from its usual appearance, suggests that it may have been made for presentation purposes; perhaps for the friends of the magistrate responsible for the issue.