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Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 1431. Estimate CHF2500. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF5500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Larissa. Circa 380-365 BC. Lot of five silver drachms of Larissa, all with rare reverses . . Larissa (5): 1431.1 5.89 g 1. Facing head of Larissa turned slightly to left/Horse prancing right. Lorber, Early, Group I, O2/R1. 1431.2 6.03 g 3. Facing head of Larissa turned slightly to left/Horse trotting right, looking back. Lorber, Early, Group I, O2/R12. 1431.3 6.06 g 6. Facing head of Larissa turned slightly to right/Horse pacing right; to right, ΣΙΜΟ. Lorber, Early, Group I, O57/R3. 1431.4 6.06 g 4. Facing head of Larissa turned slightly to left/Hero standing right, with horse standing right. Lorber, Middle, Series 3, O3/R2. 1431.5 5.99 g 8. Facing head of Larissa turned slightly to left and wearing grain wreath/Horseman prancing left. Lorber, Middle, Series 4, O1/R1 c (this coin). Ex Sternberg XIV, 24 May 1984, 85 (CHF 4500) and Hess-Leu 11, 24 March 1959, 183. All rare or very rare, but: 1431.1 Tiny marks on the obverse and a grafitto of a sideways Α below on the reverse. 1431.2 Traces of surface corrosion on the reverse fields. 1431.3 Light scratch in the field below the horse, lightly double struck and with some softness on the upper part of the reverse. 1431.4 Die flaw on the reverse between 12 and 1. 1431.5 Corrosion on horse’s head and on parts of the reverse.. Very fine (5).

The horses on the facing head drachms of Larissa are normally shown feeding or preparing to roll over; thus, the coins in this lot are most unusual in their representations. The first harks back to earlier drachms with a running horse, the second and third show lively horses - one looking back and the other proudly prancing - and the last two show horses with human accompaniment.