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Research Coins: Feature Auction

 
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Triton XV, Lot: 192. Estimate $200.
Sold for $250. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Larissa. Early to mid 4th century BC. AR Drachm (18mm, 5.97 g, 3h). Head of the nymph Larissa three-quarter facing r., border of dots / ΛΑΡΙ above, horse with straight legs grazing r. on ground line; in front, plant with long straight stem and seed pod (?) on top; in exergue, ΣΙΜΟ. Lorber, Early, 2.3. VF, lightly toned, die flaw on and below horse on the reverse but rare with the plant showing so clearly.

There is no other term that would better describe the object shown on the background of the reverse but perhaps the purpose of including such a plant in the die design was not purely decorative.