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Triton XV, Lot: 261. Estimate $200.
Sold for $400. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Larissa. Early to mid 4th century BC. AR Drachm (18mm, 5.85 g, 5h). Head of the nymph Larissa three-quarter facing l., necklace in the form of an open V with central pellet; all within border of dots / [ΛΑΡΙ] above, horse with straight legs feeding r. on solid exergue line. Lorber, Early, 82.2 (these dies). VF, dark old toning with the high relief areas in shiny silvery tone; surfaces a little grainy, the horse’s tail off flan.

Ex H. Berk BBS 66 (11 June 1991) 96, hammer $400.

This is one of the several cases where the reverse, without being off centre, does not show any of the letters that were on the die. This is mostly due to the flans being generally too small for the dies, a typical feature of the series. The missing letters, if they are known beyond any doubt from another specimen of the same die, are shown in square brackets (see above) and the fact that they are missing is not repeated in the description of the coin’s faults that follows.