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89000165
Triton XV, Lot: 165. Estimate $150.
Sold for $1200. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Larissa. Circa 400 BC. AR Obol (12mm, 0.94 g, 6h). Above, 𐌔 reversed, below ΟΣ (?), horse trotting r. on ground line, border of dots / Ρ-Α-Λ above, the Ρ reversed; Ι𐌔Α l. down, the 𐌔 reversed, the nymph Larissa seated l. on a hydria with its mouth to the viewer, leaning with her l. hand on the side of the vase and having just tossed a ball, seen in the field above l. Boston MFA 885 (same dies); Imhoof-Blumer, Nymphen, p. 71, 199 and pl. V, 29; Weber 2843. Good VF, toned, obverse slightly porous.

It is quite possible that the Σ below the horse on the obverse is a die fault and not a letter. Also, the nymph on the reverse could be in the process of catching a ball thrown by someone else rather than tossing the ball herself.