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ID:     Hypata
Type:     Greek
Region:     THESSALY
City:     Hypata
Metal:     Bronze
Denomination:     Dichalkon
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     c. 350 BC
Diameter:     19 mm
Weight:     5.8 g
Obverse Description:     Head of Zeus r. bearded and laureate, vertical thunderbolt behind
Reverse Legend:     ΥΠΑΤΙΩΝ
Reverse Description:     Athena helmeted and in long robes standing l., holds Nike in r. and rests her l. hand on shield that stands next to her; her spear is held transversely under her l. arm
Mint:     Hypata
Primary Reference:     Rogers 267
Reference2:     CNG Triton XV, 94
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Special Comments:     Rogers did not have any coins of Hypata in his collection and called them extremely rare. This is an understatement. Hypata bronzes are by far the rarest of all Thessalian coins.
Grade:     gVF
Notes:     The major city of the Ainianes was Hypata, which was where coinage in the name of the Ainianes, the people of Ainis, was struck. There are some archaeological remains there, but none of particular importance. Hypata had been in the Aitolian League since 302 BC and suffered damage from the Romans in 191 BC; it had left the League by 168 BC and was joined to Thessaly by Augustus in 27 BC. It was prosperous in Roman times and was the seat of a Christian bishopric. Later it became known as Neai Patrai and was an important medieval city; it is now the modern town of Ypati.