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Thessalian League, Thessaly, Greece, c. 170 B.C.
The object on the reverse was long considered somewhat mysterious. Roger identified it as a lyre. Robinson suggested a diadem or more probably a sling. Warren argued it is a stylized depiction of a dart sling, or Kestrosphendone, a weapon first introduced during the Third Macedonian War between Rome and Perseus of Macedon. Warren suggests this type was struck at Demetrias, under orders from Perseus, to commemorate the success of the weapon.
GB84862. Bronze chalkous
, "Two Notes," NC
1961, pl. I, 11; BCD Thessaly II
24.2; HGC 4
4 var., VF, dark green patina
, cleaning scratches, earthen deposits, Demetrias(?) mint, weight
2.535g, maximum diameter
14.7mm, c. 170 B.C.; obverse
in central boss; reverse
kestrosphendone (dart sling
) with dart inside, ΘEΣΣA/ΛΩN divided in two lines, the first above, ending below; ex John Jencek; rare
Catalog current as of Monday, May 20, 2019.
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