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Triton XV, Lot: 227. Estimate $300.
Sold for $1100. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Larissa. Early to mid 4th century BC. AR Drachm (18mm, 6.00 g, 11h). Head of the nymph Larissa three-quarter facing l., border of dots / ΛΑΡ[ΙΣAI] above circular, horse to l. with straight legs nibbling on plant on the ground line. Lorber, Early, 40.1 (these dies). Good VF, lightly toned and not perfectly centred, the rev. with traces of overstriking and double striking on the rear part of the horse.

Ex Claude Burgan FPL “Printemps-Été” 1987, 206, acquired for FF 3500; see also his MBS of 6 December 1986, lot 313 [in the text] but erroneously illustrated as lot 311.

The obverse die of this coin is in an earlier state than in Lorber 40.1(a). The remains of the undertype on the reverse of this coin could be the edge of a sandal, as featured on the reverse of the earliest Larissa drachms. See also above, lot 152, for another case of an overstruck sandal drachm, this time on a taurokathapsia drachm.