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Triton XV, Lot: 312. Estimate $300.
Sold for $950. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

The twelve coins that follow give just a glimpse of the so called Late Facing Heads and were selected for their stylistic diversity rather than the objective beauty of the facing nymph head. The market has seen an abundance of these coins during the time that this collector was active and it is his belief that the material now exists for a definitive die study. However, such a project should not be undertaken lightly because there probably exist rare die linkages that will revise current opinion on the dating of the series.

THESSALY, Larissa. Mid to late 4th century BC. AR Drachm (20mm, 6.09 g, 5h). Head of the nymph Larissa three-quarter facing l., wearing ampyx, pendant earring and plain necklace; border of dots / ΛΑΡΙ below, ΣΑΙΩ[Ν] above, horse r., crouching and preparing to roll. See Leu 20 (25 April 1978) 81 (same dies). Good VF, lightly toned, well struck and centred, an attractive example of the late series.