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Triton XV, Lot: 188. Estimate $250.
Sold for $350. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Larissa. Early to mid 4th century BC. Æ Dichalkon (17mm, 4.57 g, 8h). Head of nymph Larissa l., wearing pendant earring and necklace; border of dots / ΛΑΡΙΣΑΙΩΝ from the l., up circular, laureate head of Asklepios to r., snake rising to r. in front of him. Rogers 305, fig. 150; SNG Cop. 146. VF, nice dark green glossy patina, die flaw starting on rev. at 10 to 11 o’clock.

This is the first of a series that has been the favourite of this writer and was eagerly collected whenever found and in any condition, trying to work out the die sequence. The interesting thing about this type is that several engravers tried their hand in the engraving of the Asklepios portrait but the nymph Larissa on the obverse was the work of only two die cutters, one of them being also responsible for the earliest bronzes as well as the high relief profile drachms.