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Triton XV, Lot: 230. Estimate $300.
Sold for $3250. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Larissa. Early to mid 4th century BC. AR Drachm (19mm, 5.89 g, 12h). METO l. down in small and faint letters, head of the nymph Larissa three-quarter facing r., wearing pendant earring and necklace with a central drop; border of dots / ΛΑΡΙ above, ΣΙΜΟ r. down in tiny letters, horse advancing r. on exergue line, its tail raised and curled. Lorber, Early, 42.3 (these dies but obverse letters not mentioned). VF, lightly toned and with a fine portrait but marginally off centre; the reverse type extremely rare and important.

There is a clear connection between the reverse die of this coin and the reverses of lots 183 and 184, above, and 377.2 below; also 1133 and 1134 of Nomos 4. If the same hand was responsible for all of them, then the writer’s belief that the high relief profile drachms and the early facing heads were parallel issues, at least for some time, is substantiated.