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90041428
Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 1428. Estimate CHF4000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF27000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Larissa, Pelinna, Phalanna, Pharsalos, Pherai and Skotussa. Lot of twelve Thessalian Silver Drachms of the later 5th and earlier 4th centuries. , , A lovely lot containing coins that are attractive, often rare, and have fine pedigrees. Larissa (7): 1428.1 5.70 g 11. Youthful hero wrestling bull to left/Horse to right. Herrmann pl. 3, 20. Ex Münzen und Medaillen 54, 26 October 1978, 204 (CHF 3300) and from the collections of W. Niggeler, Bank Leu/Münzen und Medaillen, 5 December 1965, 257, R. Jameson, 1087, and R. Carfrae, SWH 23 May 1894, 17. 1428.2 5.98 g 2. Head of Larissa left/Horse to right. Herrmann pl. 4, 12 var. Ex Burgan V.S.O., 11 January 1986, 22 (FF 5100). 1428.3 6.16 g 2. Head of Larissa right/Horse to left. Herrmann pl. 4, 10 (obverse)/ 13 (reverse). Ex CNG electronic auction 97, 8 September 2004, 33 ($350). 1428.4 5.99 g 1. Bull rushing right/Horseman to right. Herrmann pl. 4, 18. 1428.5 6.24 g 3. Head of Larissa facing, slightly to right/Horse to left. Lorber, Middle, Series 1, O1/R3. 1428.6 6.09 g 3. Head of Larissa facing, slightly to left/Horse and foal to right. Lorber, Middle, Series 6, O1/R1. 1428.7 6.09 g 6. Head of Larissa facing, slightly to left/Horse to right, preparing to roll. Herrmann pl. 5, 5. Pelinna: 1428.8 5.93 g 2. Horseman to right/Warrior attacking to left. BMC 4. Ex Bank Leu 30, 28 April 1982, 103 (CHF 6000) and Hess-Leu 11, 24 March 1959, 187. Phalanna: 1428.9 5.60 g 7. Male head right/Horse to right. BMC 1. Pharsalos: 1428.10 6.00 g 4. Head of Athena right/Horseman. Lavva 156. Ex SBV 38, 12 September 1995, 141(CHF 950). Pherai: 1428.11 5.64 g 6. Head of Ennodia to right, torch before/Lion’s head to right. Jameson 1107 = Traité IV, 613, pl. CCXCIV, 15 (this coin). Ex Münzen und Medaillen 85, 11 April 1997, 65 (CHF 4250), Hess-Leu 7, 16 April 1957, 200, and from the collection of R. Jameson. Skotussa: 1428.12 6.08 g 1. Forepart of horse left/Wheat grain. SNG Copenhagen 250. Ex Sternberg XIV, 24 May 1984, 89 (CHF 2000). A varied lot with many appealing pieces, nicely toned and deserving to be offered individually. Some with minor marks or corrosion, otherwise, very fine or better (12).


The coins in this lot form a broad cross section of the drachm coinage of Thessaly from the 440s to the 350s BC. All the coins are attractive and as a group they are remarkable - almost anywhere else they would be sold as single lots.
A note from BCD: Special care was taken so that this and all subsequent multiple lots would include coin varieties or types not offered in the main body of the auction. Therefore, readers who consult this catalogue as a reference work and look for a particular type of coin are urged to refer to the index of mints and make sure they check all numbers listed there.