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Triton XV, Lot: 207. Estimate $500.
Sold for $2250. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Larissa. Early to mid 4th century BC. AR Drachm (24mm, 6.12 g, 8h). ΙΑ above in tiny letters, head of the nymph Larissa three-quarter facing l., wearing necklace and pendant earring with a bead; her r. shoulder just visible, with a garment clasp, to the viewer’s l., border of dots / ΛΑΡΙΣΑΙ in exergue, ΑΙ below horse’s belly, bridled horse r. about to roll, bukranion brand mark on its haunch. Lorber, Early, 19.3 (this coin). VF, toned, with a die flaw on the lower part of the obverse and some double striking on the horse’s head on the reverse.

Ex Sotheby’s New York (9 December 1993) 116, hammer $600.

A remarkable coin struck on a huge flan. It is quite possible that the obverse die flaws and the reverse double striking are indications that the coin is overstruck on a drachma sized coin with a spread flan. This writer, however, cannot think of an Aiginetan standard drachm of such a spread flan that would be available at that time for such an operation. Pelinna and Pharsalos would be the likely candidates but their flans are smaller, although some Pharsalos drachms have quite spread flans.