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Triton XV, Lot: 306. Estimate $3000.
Sold for $18000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Larissa. Mid to late 4th century BC. AR Stater (23mm, 12.22 g, 6h). Head of the nymph Larissa three-quarter facing l., wearing plain necklace and drop pendant earring, her hair held by an ampyx; border of dots / ΛΑΡΙ above, Σ downwards to the r., [Α]ΙΩΝ below, bridled horse trotting r., tail upright and looped. See Barclay V. Head, Guide to the Principal Coins of the Greeks, 1959 edition, pl. 22, 24 = BMC p. 29, 55, pl. V, 14 (same dies); see also Naville - Ars Classica XV (2 July 1930) 628 and Naville - Ars Classica VI (28 January 1924) Bement 919 for the same obverse die. Near EF, attractive toning on a very pretty nymph’s head; the reverse struck on a tight flan, missing most of the horse’s tail and the top part of its head.

Same obverse die as lot 307, below. In the writer’s opinion this obverse die cannot be bettered for beauty and charm.