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Nomos 4 10 May 2011
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zürich
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Lot 1002
Estimate: 1500 CHF
THESSALY, Thessalian League. Circa 470s-460s BC. Hemidrachm (Silver, 2.86 g 7). Forepart of horse to left; on body near truncation, monogram of ΝΑ (partly retrograde). Rev. Φ - Ε Wheat grain with hull; all within incuse square. Franke, 1970, 12 = SNG Lockett 1609. Very rare. Nicely toned and attractive. Nearly extremely fine.


Ex Leu 33, 3 May 1983, 301(CHF 2100).

A note from BCD: One wonders what the monogram letters (if they are ΝΑ) on the horse’s body stand for. If they were a Σ and a Κ it would be understandable as the name of the first Thessalian horse, which, according to the myth, was Skyphios. After a closer look at this monogram, which looks like a brand mark, it was observed that the bar of the Α clearly extends outside its right leg; also that the left leg of the so-called retrograde Ν may be vertical to this bar for a reason, perhaps to form a Γ. It may therefore be preferable to see a ΓΑ or some other letter combination starting with a Γ, especially as a clear Γ is engraved on the horse’s neck on some contemporary obols. If, however ASW would insist on ΝΑ there could be a connection between this horse and the horses on lots 1283 and 1333 below. Both of these drachms have a small Ν in the field in front of the horse forepart that defies explanation.
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Online bidding closes: 10 May 2011 14:00:00 CET
Current Date & Time: 18 Jul 2019 02:46:24 CET
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Hammer Price: 11000 CHF

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Lot 1002
Estimate: 1500 CHF
Hammer Price: 11000 CHF
THESSALY, Thessalian League. Circa 470s-460s BC. Hemidrachm (Silver, 2.86 g 7). Forepart of horse to le ...
Lot 1003
Estimate: 150 CHF
Hammer Price: 1100 CHF
THESSALY, Thessalian League. Circa 470s-460s BC. Obol (Silver, 0.91 g, 8 h). Head of bridled horse to r ...
Lot 1004
Estimate: 500 CHF
Hammer Price: 3200 CHF
THESSALY, Thessalian League. Circa 470s-460s BC. Hemidrachm (Silver, 2.94 g 5). Forepart of prancing ho ...