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290, Lot: 106. Estimate $150.
Sold for $160. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Pherai(?). Alexander. Tyrant, 369-359 BC. AR Hemiobol (8mm, 0.22 g, 11h). Head and neck of bridled horse right / Lower leg and hoof of horse right within linear square border within incuse square. BCD Thessaly II 704; Winterthur 1717 (as a tetartemorion of ‘the Thessalians’) = Moustaka pl. 4, 174 (as a ‘diobol’ of Larissa); Münzen & Medaillen FPL 182 (August 1958), no. 31 (as a ‘hemiobol’ of Pherai). Near VF, toned, light porosity. Extremely rare.

From the BCD Collection.

The attribution of this rare and puzzling fraction is tentative. It could possibly be an issue belonging to the early Macedonian kings.