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90041430
Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 1430. Estimate CHF2500. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF5500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Larissa. Circa 400-380 BC. Lot of ten silver drachms of Larissa, all of Lorber, Early, Group 3. . All have a head of Larissa facing, turned slightly to right or left on the obverse, and a horse grazing to right or about to roll on the reverse. 1430.1 6.13 g 10. Lorber, Early, Group 3, O17. 1430.2 6.00 g 3. Lorber, Early, Group 3, O19. 1430.3 6.14 g 4. Lorber, Early, Group 3, O22 (but reads ΣΙΜΟ on obverse). 1430.4 5.86 g 3. Lorber, Early, Group 3, O23. 1430.5 6.01 g 6. Lorber, Early, Group 3, O25. 1430.6 6.07 g 4. Lorber, Early, Group 3, O27. 1430.7 6.27 g 9. Lorber, Early, Group 3, O31. Ex Sotheby’s New York, 9 December 1993, 128 (part). 1430.8 6.11 g 10. Lorber, Early, Group 3, O42. 1430.9 6.04 g 9. Lorber, Early, Group 3, O53. 1430.10 5.94 g 1. Lorber, Early, Group 3, O56. A most interesting group with a number of unusual heads of Larissa. About very fine or better (10).


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The early facing head issues of Larissa often bear heads of the nymph that are weirdly bizarre in style. It may be that the engravers were not attempting to portray her as a beautiful goddess, but as a powerful, numinous being who was not always kind or well intentioned towards human beings.