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Triton XV, Lot: 205. Estimate $500.
Sold for $1500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Larissa. Early to mid 4th century BC. AR Drachm (19mm, 5.91 g, 9h). Head of the nymph Larissa three-quarter facing l., wearing hair band inscribed ΓΕΥ, pendant earring with a bead and a necklace; her r. shoulder with a garment clasp showing to the viewer’s l., border of dots / ΛΑΡΙΣΑΙ in exergue, horse r., about to roll, ΛΙ in small letters below its belly. Lorber, Early, -, but obv. die as 17. Good VF, attractive old collection toning, a few old scratches on rev. above the horse’s back, otherwise an impressive coin.

Ex Naville - Ars Classica XIII (27 June 1928) 707 .

Unfortunately the top of the nymph’s head on the obverse is too near the edge of the flan to allow us to see the tiny ΙΑ that Lorber says is engraved there. The writer owes this outstanding coin to John Aiello (also referred to as Uncle John), who sold it to him in March 1978 for only $1000.