We take a brief detour from the story to cover the short meteoric career of a figure touted by some as the man who could have united Greece before Philip, but whose career was unexpectedly cut short.
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THESSALY, Pherai. Alexander. Tyrant, 369-358 BC. Hemidrachm (Silver, 2.94 g 9). Youthful head of Jason to left, wearing petasos. Rev. ΑΛΕΞΑ – ΝΔΡΕΙΟΝ Horse’s hoof and lower leg to right. Traité IV, 617, pl. CCXCIV, 18 (same dies?). Extremely rare. Well centered and well struck in high relief, very lightly toned and remarkably attractive. Good extremely fine. Source: Classical Numismatic Group, LLC https://cngcoins.com/
THESSALY, Pherai. Alexander. Tyrant, 369-358 BC. Stater (Silver, 12.07 g 12). Head of Ennodia facing, turned slightly to right, wearing pearl diadem, grape-cluster earring and pearl necklace; on left, torch. Rev. ΑΛ-ΕΞΑΝ-Δ-Ρ-ΕΙΟΣ Alexander riding horse galloping to right, the reins in his left hand and a lance held level in his right, wearing cavalry helmet, cuirass and with his sheathed sword on a baldric around his chest; on horse’s rump, double ax. BMC 14 (same obverse die). Gulbenkian 482 = Locker Lampson 181 (same reverse die). Extremely rare, one of the most beautiful and impressive coins produced in 4th century Greece. Lightly toned. Extremely fine. Source: Classical Numismatic Group, LLC https://cngcoins.com/
THESSALY, Pherai. Teisiphon. Tyrant, 358-353 BC. Æ Chalkous (15.5mm, 2.11 g, 9h). Bull forepart r., beaded truncation, r. foreleg bent / ΤEIΣIΦONOY from above, l. down and circular, first and last letters upside down, forepart of bridled horse r. Rogers 530 var. [only the first letter of the inscription is upside down]. VF, mottled dark olive green and dark red patina; minor flatness in the centre of the obverse. Source: Classical Numismatic Group, LLC https://cngcoins.com/
THESSALY, Pherai. Lykophron II, Tyrant. 357/3-352 BC. Æ 16mm (3.98 g, 6h). Wreathed head of Hekate facing slightly left; fish to left / Hekate seated side-saddle on horseback right, holding torch. Rogers, Copper 533; SNG Copenhagen 247. VF, green patina. Very rare. Source: Classical Numismatic Group, LLC https://cngcoins.com/