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Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 1397. Estimate CHF375. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF3600. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Thessalian League. Augustus. 27 BC - 14 AD. Tetrassarion or Sestertius (Bronze, 30mm, 18.97 g 6), Megalokles, 4-14 AD. [Σ]ΕΒΑΣΤ[ΟΣ] [ΘΕΣ]ΣΑΛΩΝ Laureate head of Augustus to right. Rev. [Μ]ΕΓΑΛΟΚΛΕ[...] Laurel wreath, closed with a gem at the top and tied at the bottom, the tie ends fluttering upwards. Burrer 60. RPC S-1426A. Very rare, the finest example known. Fine olive-green and red patina. Legend not fully struck or slightly off center, otherwise, extremely fine.

A note from BCD: This large denomination, in addition to its rarity, never has the reverse peripheral legend fully struck up and complete, he size of the wreath being too big for the flan.