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Nomos 4 10 May 2011
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zürich
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Lot 1033
Estimate: 175 CHF
THESSALY, Atrax. 3rd or 2nd Century BC. Tetrachalkon (Bronze, 22mm, 11.16 g 5). Laureate head of Apollo to right, his hair bound up in a bun at the back but with some locks falling down the back of his neck. Rev. ΑΤΡΑ / ΓΙΩΝ (retrograde Horse standing right. McClean 4556 var. Rogers 168 var. Rare. A bold and impressive piece struck in high relief. Reddish-green patina. Extremely fine.


This coin provides us with quite a few problems. The first is its date, which has long been thought to be 4th century. It is, however, a large, thick, solid coin, unlike the usual coins we have from that period: it looks later. Another problem is the head on the obverse: this has long been identified as the nymph Bura, but, if so, why the laurel wreath on her head? Surely what we have here is a rather effeminate, Hellenistic head of Apollo with his hair rolled at the back, but with some locks falling down his neck. In addition, if this were Bura she would surely be wearing an earring!
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Current Status
Online bidding closes: 10 May 2011 14:00:00 CET
Current Date & Time: 24 Mar 2019 21:02:34 CET
Remaining Time: Closed
Hammer Price: 6000 CHF

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Lot 1033
Estimate: 175 CHF
Hammer Price: 6000 CHF
THESSALY, Atrax. 3rd or 2nd Century BC. Tetrachalkon (Bronze, 22mm, 11.16 g 5). Laureate head of Apoll ...
Lot 1034
Estimate: 300 CHF
Hammer Price: 2000 CHF
THESSALY, Demetrias. Circa 290 BC. Hemidrachm (Silver, 2.38 g 4). ΔΗΜΗ / ΤΡΙΕΩΝ Prow of galley to left. ...
Lot 1035
Estimate: 400 CHF
Hammer Price: 1400 CHF
THESSALY, Dia. Mid 4th century BC. Chalkous (Bronze, 16mm, 2.65 g 5). Bearded head of Zeus to left.