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Triton XV, Lot: 310. Estimate $2000.
Sold for $7000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Larissa. Mid to late 4th century BC. AR Stater (23.5mm, 12.08 g, 1h). Head of the nymph Larissa three-quarter facing l., wearing plain necklace and tiny drop 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 Künker 104 (27 September 2005) 180 (same dies, earlier obv. state); Nomos 4, 1160 (same obverse die, in about the same state) and Triton VI (14 January 2003) 244 (same dies, later obv. state). Good VF, toned, the reverse rather weakly struck but the obverse is another outstanding portrait that unfortunately was plagued by die flaws quite early in its life; this coin shows the faults in an early state, one below the ampyx and another to the left of the nymph’s mouth as we look at the coin.