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Triton XV, Lot: 211. Estimate $300.
Sold for $650. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Larissa. Early to mid 4th century BC. AR Drachm (18mm, 6.07 g, 7h). [ΓΕΥ] on the nymph’s hair band, ΑΙ above the hair in tiny letters, head of the nymph Larissa three-quarter facing l., wearing necklace and pendant earring with a bead; her right shoulder with a garment clasp just visible; border of dots / ΛΑΡΙΣΑΙ in exergue, ΑΙ in tiny letters below the horse’s belly, bridled horse r. about to roll, indistinct brand mark on its haunch, its rein trailing below the exergue line. Lorber, Early, 22.2 (these dies); see also Münzen Auktion Essen 39 (28 May 1980) 14 (same obv. die). VF, toned, with orange hues, a little unevenly on the reverse. From the collection of John Ward.

Ex Sotheby’s Zurich, 4 April 1973, Ward 367, hammer CHF 1800.

The description of “Head Type 11” in Lorber goes together with a general statement that the “crouching horse” reverses that go with this head type have a bukranion brand on their haunches. This writer has written “indistinct brand mark” where he could not be sure that the brand mark is a bukranion and did not mention it at all if it was not visible.