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Nomos 4 10 May 2011
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zürich
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Lot 1049
Estimate: 300 CHF
THESSALY, Gyrton. Circa 340s BC. Chalkous (Bronze, 16mm, 2.73 g 10). Bare youthful male head to right (the hero Gyrton); behind head, tiny letter Π. Rev. ΓΥΡ Head of the nymph Gyrtona to right, wearing earring and necklace. Apparently unpublished. Extremely rare and of excellent style. Dark greenish-brown patina. Nearly extremely fine.


This coin, which rather surprisingly is unpublished, must be related to the even more rare silver hemidrachm that precedes it: both coins have the same tiny letter Π (the early form with the right leg shorter than the left) on the obverse. Its small size and inconspicuous placement suggests an artist’s signature, though it certainly could be a magistrate’s mark.
A note from BCD: I find it hard to believe that the tiny letter on the obverse of this little gem of a coin is a magistrate’s mark. There are more cases where such very small letters appear on Thessalian coins (see, for instance, the previous lot); they almost always appear on coins made from dies of the finest style and, which is also significant, on coins that are carefully struck.
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Online bidding closes: 10 May 2011 14:00:00 CET
Current Date & Time: 21 Mar 2019 14:33:35 CET
Remaining Time: Closed
Hammer Price: 700 CHF

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Lot 1049
Estimate: 300 CHF
Hammer Price: 700 CHF
THESSALY, Gyrton. Circa 340s BC. Chalkous (Bronze, 16mm, 2.73 g 10). Bare youthful male head to right ( ...
Lot 1050
Estimate: 1800 CHF
Hammer Price: 11000 CHF
THESSALY, Gyrton. Circa 340s-330s BC. Hemidrachm (Silver, 3.03 g 9). Head of the nymph Gyrtona facing, ...
Lot 1051
Estimate: 150 CHF
Hammer Price: 1100 CHF
THESSALY, Gyrton. Circa 340s-330s BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 17mm, 4.39 g 12). Bare male head to right, the ...