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Triton XV, Lot: 280. Estimate $200.
Sold for $1100. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Larissa. Mid 4th century BC. AR Drachm (18mm, 5.83 g, 5h). Head of the nymph Larissa three-quarter facing l., wearing necklace; all within border of dots / ΛΑΡΙ above, [Σ]ΑΙΩΝ below the exergue line, horse r. with bent legs preparing to roll on solid ground line. The reverse imitates Lorber, Early 42.1(b) but with letters above and below. VF, dark toning and slightly etched surfaces but an unusually elegant facing head. From the collection of John Glas Sandeman.

Ex Asta Internationale del Titano 27 (7 December 1986) 54, hammer LIT 700000; Glendining’s 31 January 1951, 133; Naville - Ars Classica XVI (3 July 1933) 1116; Sotheby’s 13 June 1911, Sandeman 166.

In the above Ars Classica auction catalogue, Jacob Hirsch wrote about this coin “... d’un style tout à fait remarquable et d’un joli relief” but this does not mean that the coin belongs to other than the late facing head group, where it is possible to find a few more unusually attractive obverse dies.