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Sale: Nomos 7, Lot: 28. Estimate CHF40000. 
Closing Date: Tuesday, 14 May 2013. 
Sold For CHF46000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

ISLANDS off THRACE, Thasos. Circa 380 BC. Drachm (Gold, 3.95 g 12). Bearded head of Dionysos to right, wearing wreath of ivy leaves with berries at his forehead. Rev. ΘΑΣΙΟΝ Herakles, wearing lion-skin headdress and short, hunting chiton, kneeling right, shooting his bow; to right, Κ; all in linear frame within an incuse square . Prospero 245 (same dies). West pl. 4, 30 var. (same obverse die). An attractive example, nicely centered. Usual die break at the reverse edge, otherwise, extremely fine.

From the Spina Collection, ex Leu 86, 5 May 2003, 316.

This lovely coin is commonly termed a hemidrachm: this is a misnomer. By weight it is a gold drachm or a hemistater.