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Triton XV, Lot: 223. Estimate $150.
Sold for $2500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Larissa. Early to mid 4th century BC. AR Obol (12mm, 0.95 g, 6h). Head of the nymph Larissa three-quarter facing l., wearing plain necklace; border of dots / ΛΑΡΙ[Σ] above, horse with straight legs grazing l. on ground line; all in incuse square. Unpublished and unknown, unique (?). Good Fine, nice old toning. The obverse from the same hand as Lorber 1992, head type 14; rev. similar to the reverses of 28.4 - 30.1.

Acquired at Spink’s, London, October 1988, for £ 140.

Early facing head obols must have been struck in very limited quantities, mainly because the plentiful “horse/nymph” obols were still in circulation and readily accepted in the local markets and everywhere else.