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Sale: Nomos 8, Lot: 115. Estimate CHF275. 
Closing Date: Monday, 21 October 2013. 
Sold For CHF220. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Ainianes. Circa 302-286 BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 20mm, 6.39 g 4), Hypata. Laureate and bearded head of Zeus to left. Rev. ΑΙΝΙΑΝ-ΩΝ Phemios, nude but for chlamys over his shoulder and sword in scabbard, shooting sling to right; behind, leaning against his right leg, two spears. BCD 1015. BMC 18. Rogers 137. SNG Copenhagen 4-5. A rare piece of lovely style, and with a dark, green-black patina. Very fine.

From a European collection acquired prior to 2000.

This coin is of remarkably fine style - note with what detail the slinger is portrayed - and must have been one of the earliest Ainianes bronzes produced. BCD 1015 bears a much coarser reverse.