AE Trichalkon. 9.28g, 21.3mm
MINTED: THESSALY, Pelinna, 3rd-early 2nd centuries BC
REF: Rogers –; BCD Thessaly II 526; HGC 4, 271
OBVERSE: Helmeted head of Athena right.

REVERSE: ΠΕΛΙΝ-ΝΑΙEΩΝ, Nike standing left, holding wreath and stylis; monogram to inner right.



Ex BCD Collection, with his round handwritten tag stating, "T/ne ex Thess., Oct. 1991, SFr. 85"

The BCD Collection was possibly the largest and most important private collection of Greek coinage ever assembled.  Over the course of five decades, the collector, known publicly by the initials BCD, acquired over 50,000 coins representing the major cities and regions of ancient Greece.  An accomplished numismatist, BCD studied not just the historical context but also the art and chronology of the coins, with some of the results of these studies eventually finding their way into the notes he provided for the catalogues of the sale of his coins.  Many of these published catalogues are now used as the standard references for the regions they cover.  A provenance to the BCD Collection is one of the most desirable that a Greek coin can possess.


Fine/Very Fine. Dark greenish brown patina. Somewhat weak obverse, but boldly struck reverse. 


Historical Notes:

Thessaly in central Greece was a region of fertile, grassy plains ringed by mountains, with Mount Olympus serving as a backdrop.  Unlike other Greek regions which tended to cultivate primarily olives and grapes, Thessaly was best known for its magnificent horses, cattle, agriculture, and sports such as bull-wrestling.

Pelinna was located between Trikka and Pharkadon, on the left bank of the Peneios River.  It had an akropolis and well known temple dedicated to Zeus.  In the middle of the 4th century BC, Pelinna, with the support of Philip II of Macedon, warred against its fellow Thessalian polis, Pharsalos, and thereafter, it continued to remain loyal to the Macedonians.  It gained a measure of infamy for being the only Greek city to support Macedonia during the Lamian War (323-322 BC), when a great coalition of Greek cities led by Athens unsuccessfully attempted to revolt against Macedonian rule after the death of Alexander the Great.

THESSALY, Pelinna . 3rd-2nd centuries BC . AE Trichalkon . Nike . Ex BCD

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