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Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 1134. Estimate CHF1000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF10000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Larissa. Circa 370-360 BC, or slightly later. Drachm (Silver, 6.17 g 11). Head of the nymph Larissa to left, wearing triple-pendent earring and pearl necklace. Rev. ΛΑΡΙ - ΣΑΙ - ΩΝ Bridled horse trotting to right, his tail curled. Herrmann Group V, pl. IV, 16 var. Lorber 2008, pl. 45, 100. Very rare. An attractive, clear example, but with a minor die break on the obverse and a slightly double-struck reverse. Nearly extremely fine.

A note from BCD: A rare - probably known from just this specimen - and attractive obverse die with a majestic portrait of the nymph. The die break just starting above the hair is an indication of its very short life, hence its rarity.