THESSALY. Krannon. Circa 460-400 BC. Drachm (Silver, 21 mm, 6.12 g, 1 h), Xan.... ΧΑ-Ν (retrograde) Youthful Hero (Thessalos) walking to right, nude but for cloak and petasos tied over his shoulders, holding, with both hands, a band around the head of a bull rushing to right. Rev. Κ-RΑ (retrograde) Bridled horse trotting to left, reins trailing on the ground; behind, trident; all within shallow incuse square. BCD I, 1079 and II, 109 var. (same obverse die). CNG eSale 290, 33 (same dies). A very rare variety. Well-centered and toned. Some striking slippage, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
From a Swiss collection, reportedly ex BCD (but not in sales).
This is an unusually attractive coin, especially since it has not suffered from the usual Thessalian acid soil, which causes so many coins found there to have damaged surfaces.
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