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Triton XV, Lot: 198. Estimate $200.
Sold for $850. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Larissa. Early to mid 4th century BC. AR Drachm (18mm, 6.08 g, 6h). ΣΙΜΟ above in small letters, head of the nymph Larissa three-quarter facing r., wearing hair band and necklace with a central bead; border of dots / ΛΙ in small letters below horse’s belly; ΛΑΡΙΣΑΙ in exergue, horse r. with bent legs, bukranion brand mark on its haunch, about to roll on dotted ground line. Lorber, Early, 12.2. Good VF, lightly toned; die flaw on obverse at 11 o’clock, both sides off centre, the obverse less than the reverse.

Ex NFA FPL 41 (June 1992) 14, for $1500.

This writer reads ΛΙ clearly on the reverse of this coin and not ΑΙ as the reference books indicate. It is however possible that some impurity filled in part of the die before striking this particular specimen (although there usually is a shadow of the missing hasta transferred to the coin in such cases).