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Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 1411. Estimate CHF350. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF2400. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Thessalian League. Marcus Aurelius. 161-180. Tetrassarion or Sestertius (Bronze, 31mm, 21.67 g 3), mid- late 160s. ΑΥΤ Μ ΑΥΡ - ΑΝΤωΝϵΙΝΟC Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Marcus Aurelius to right. Rev. ΚΟΙΝΟΝ ΘεCCΑΛωΝ Athena Itonia striding right, hurling spear. Burrer, MA-G 1. Rogers 94. Extremely rare. A clear and attractive example with a dark, reddish-green patina. About extremely fine.

Ex H. J. Berk, Buy or Bid Sale 81, 31 March 1991, 708 ($300).

The portrait of Marcus Aurelius on this coin is a decidedly provincial one, but its short and neat beard points to it having been issued rather earlier in his reign than later. If so, and the coins of Faustina II seem to fit in the same period (see lots 1414 - 1415, below), the issue was probably struck in the mid - late 160s. For this lot, and those that follow, we would like to extend our sincere thanks to Dr. Friedrich Burrer for making available his unpublished corpus of the coinage of the Thessalian League from Marcus Aurelius to Gallienus.