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Thessaly was home to extensive Neolithic and Chalcolithic cultures around 6000 B.C. - 2500 B.C. Mycenaean settlements have also been discovered. In Archaic and Classical times, the lowlands of Thessaly became the home of baronial families, such as the Aleuadae of Larissa or the Scopads of Krannon. In the 4th century B.C. Jason of Pherae transformed Thessaly into a significant military power. Shortly after, Philip II of Macedon was appointed Archon of Thessaly, and the region was associated with the Macedonian Kingdom for the next centuries. Later Thessaly became part of the Roman province of Macedonia.
Die Munzpragung von Pharsalos
The coins of Pharsalos, in southern Thessaly, in Greece. Saarbrücken Studies of archeology and ancient history, volume 14. Pharsalos was the only important Thessalian city issuing coins in the fifth century B.C. which was not part of the groups producing Thessalian federal coinage.BK13159. Die Munzpragung von Pharsalos by Stella Lavva, 2001, in German, 283 pages, new; $70.00 (€57.40)
Pharsalos, Thessaly, Greece, Late 5th-Mid 4th Century B.C., Both Dies Signed By Telephantos
Signed by the master engraver Telephantos. The tiny letters on the obverse left and reverse exergue are the initials and signature of Telephantos.GS86218. Silver drachm, Lavva 105 (V51/R58); BCD Thessaly II 640 (same rev. die); BMC Thessaly p. 43, 6 & pl. IX, 9 (same); HGC 4 624; BCD Thessaly I -, Choice gVF, superb classical style of the master engraver Telephantos, well centered and struck, a few light marks, weight 5.794 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 195o, Pharsalos (Farsala, Greece) mint, late 5th-mid 4th century B.C.; obverse head of Athena right, wearing crested Attic helmet with raised cheek-piece, small TH behind neck; reverse Φ−A−P−Σ (clockwise from lower right), Thessalian cavalryman on horse prancing right, wearing petasos, chlamys, and chiton, lagobolon over right shoulder in right hand, reins in left hand; TEΛEΦANTO small, retrograde, and low relief in exergue; SOLD
Larissa, Thessaly, Greece, c. 350 B.C.
When Larissa ceased minting the federal coins it shared with other Thessalian towns and adopted its own coinage in the late fifth century B.C., it chose local types for its coins. The obverse depicted the local fountain nymph Larissa, for whom the town was named, probably inspired by the famous coins of Kimon depicting the Syracusan nymph Arethusa. The reverse depicted a horse in various poses.SH28928. Silver drachm, BCD Thessaly 1432; BCD Thessaly II 312; SNG Cop 121; BMC Thessaly p. 30, 60; HGC 4 454, gVF, weight 6.124 g, maximum diameter 20.7 mm, die axis 180o, Larissa mint, obverse head of nymph Larissa facing slightly left, hair floating freely; reverse ΛAPIΣ/AIΩN, horse grazing right; the finest style!; SOLD
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