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Larissa, Thessaly, Greece, c. 404 - 370 B.C.
The obverse of most of the coins of Larissa depicted the nymph of the local spring, Larissa, for whom the town was named. The choice was probably inspired by the famous coins of Kimon depicting the Syracusan nymph Arethusa. The reverse usually depicted a horse in various poses. The horse was an appropriate symbol of Thessaly, a land of plains, which was well known for its horses. On other coins, there is a male figure, probably the eponymous hero of the Thessalians, Thessalos.
GS86616. Silver drachm
, early, group 3, head type
17 (O55/R1); Lorber Early
13, 26.1 (same dies); BCD Thessaly II
215 (same dies); HGC 4
430, VF, toned
die rust/wear and flaw below chin and left cheek, rev.
double struck, porosity
5.862g, maximum diameter
18.6mm, die axis
, c. 404 - 370 B.C.; obverse head
of nymph Larissa
facing slightly right, ampyx
in hair, drop earrings(?), necklace with central bead, necklace is also the neck truncation; reverse
horse with straight legs grazing right on ground line, ΛARIΣ above; $300.00
Catalog current as of Tuesday, April 23, 2019.
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