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Sale: Nomos 6, Lot: 38. Estimate CHF2000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 7 May 2012. 
Sold For CHF5500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THRACO-MACEDONIAN TRIBES, Orreskioi (?). Circa 500-480 BC. Obol (Silver, 0.89 g). Bearded centaur in the ‘running-kneeling’ posture to right, his head turned back to left to look at a kantharos held in his right hand. Rev. Quadripartite incuse square. AMNG III, p. 134, 6 and pl. XXVI, 3. Lanz 151, 2011, 341 (same dies). Extremely rare. Well struck but on a slightly short flan. Extremely fine.

From an American Collection.

A centaur was a favorite type of the Orreskioi, a tribe living in over a considerable extent of Macedonia and Thrace: thus this piece, which is certainly from that area, has been ascribed to them.