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89000347

Larissa. Lot of 2 coins.

Triton XV, Lot: 347. Estimate $200.
Sold for $2750. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Lot of 2 coins.

(347.1) THESSALY, Larissa. 479/475 - circa 460 BC. AR Obol (9.5mm, 0.82 g, 9h). Head of nymph Larissa to l., the forward portion of her hair beaded and bound with a ribbon separating the beaded from the lined parts; at the back and below it is tied in a krobylos; border of dots / Λ-Α-R-Ι, the R sideways, incuse square divided by two broad bands, vertical to each-other, into four equal square compartments, each one with a letter. See Nomos 4, 1101 (same dies). This type not known to Herrmann. Good VF, toned and with slightly rough surfaces; very rare.

A look at similar krobylos hairstyles from other early mainland Greek mints suggests that such Larissa hairstyles with a quartered reverse may be a slightly earlier issue than the sandal reverses. See R. T. Williams, The Confederate Coinage of the Arcadians in the Fifth Century B. C., pl. I, 18 (dated 490 - 477 BC) and also his Silver Coinage of the Phokians, pl. 3, 67 - 68 (dated 480 - 478 BC)

(347.2) THESSALY, Larissa. 479/475 - circa 460 BC. AR Obol (9.5mm, 0.92 g, 4h). Head of nymph Larissa to r., the forward portion of her hair beaded and bound with a ribbon separating the beaded from the lined parts; at the back and below her hair is tied in a krobylos; border of dots / Λ-Α-R-Ι, the R sideways, incuse square divided by two broad bands, vertical to each-other, into four equal square compartments, each one with a letter. Unrecorded (?) with obv. to r. Near VF, has been cleaned and beginning to tone; obv. die slippage on the edge at 4 o’clock.