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Triton XV, Lot: 179. Estimate $750.
Sold for $9000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Larissa. Early to mid 4th century BC. AR Drachm (19mm, 6.08 g, 12h). Head of the nymph Larissa r. wearing pearl earring, her hair raised and bound in a sakkos; border of dots / ΛΑ l. up, ΡΙ-ΣΑΙ above, Α r. down, Thessalos r., wearing chlamys and petasos, preparing to vault on the back of a bridled horse cantering r. BMC p. 29, 52, pl. V, 11; see also Nomos 4, 1130 (same dies). Near EF, nice even light toning on obverse; a surface spot above the ground line and graffito X behind the horse’s neck on the reverse.

An elegant and serene profile by an unknown but very talented artist with a high degree of sensitivity. Same obv. die as lot 376.4 below, but in earlier state.