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Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 1422. Estimate CHF450. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF2600. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Thessalian League. Geta Caesar. 198-209. Diassarion (Bronze, 24mm, 5.62 g 3). ΛΟΥΚ CεΠΤ ΓεΤΑC Bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust of Geta to right. Rev. ΚΟΙΝΟΝ ΘεCCΑΛωΝ Athena Itonia striding right, hurling spear. Burrer MA-G 26 (this coin). Extremely rare. Attractive olive-green patina. About extremely fine.

A note from BCD: Rogers did not know of any Thessalian issues of Geta and to discover such a splendid example of an otherwise unknown coin was one of the most gratifying experiences in all those years of collecting Roman Thessaly. Looking at the not particularly faithful portrait of the young Caesar, I often thought that the local die-cutter had probably scarcely finished working on his Geta dies before the news came that from then on all portraits should be of the sole emperor Antoninus. It is also quite possible that the already issued coins of Geta were withdrawn and recycled, hence their extreme rarity today.