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Sale: CNG 81, Lot: 432. Estimate $1500. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 20 May 2009. 
Sold For $1500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Pharsalos. Late 5th-mid 4th century BC. AR Drachm (5.67 g, 5h). Helmeted head of Athena right; TH and Δ behind neck guard / Warrior on horseback right, wearing petasos, holding mace overhead. Lavva 138 (V65/R78); SNG Copenhagen -; SNG Ashmolean 3922 (same dies); McClean 4682 (same dies). Good VF, light porosity, die shift on reverse. Rare transitional issue.

This piece is from a short transitional issue pairing an obverse type without Skylla on Athena’s helmet with a reverse type with the warrior holding his mace overhead.