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Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 1408. Estimate CHF100. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF750. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Thessalian League. Time of Domitian. 81-96. Hemiassarion (Bronze, 16mm, 3.52 g 7). ΘΕΣΣ-ΑΛΩΝ Apollo, nude, seated left, his hand on his head. Rev. ΛΑΡΙΣΑ The nymph Larissa standing to left, holding a purse in her right hand. Burrer 41. RPC II 280. A sharp and unusually nice example with a dark patina. About extremely fine.

The nymph Larissa is usually described as holding a ball in her hand, reminiscent of the city’s silver fractions of the 5th and 4th centuries BC. However, the way she is clutching the ‘round object’ in her hand would be a very awkward way to hold a ball, and one wonders whether it might, in fact, be a purse. This would be most appropriate as a type for a coin that would be the smallest in daily circulation.
A note from BCD: Hmmm....