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89000363

Larissa. Lot of 4 coins.

Triton XV, Lot: 363. Estimate $300.
Sold for $900. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Lot of 4 coins.

(363.1) THESSALY, Larissa. Circa 400 BC. AR Obol (12mm, 0.97 g, 7h). OπŒ” above, the πŒ” reversed, horse walking r. on ground line, border of dots / ΑΛ above l., [Ξ‘] Ξ™ πŒ”-Ξ‘ l. down, the πŒ” [and the Ξ‘] reversed, the nymph Larissa seated l. on a hydria with its mouth to the r. and one side handle facing the viewer, her l. hand on her knee and her r. extended, having just tossed or kicked the ball seen at bottom l. SNG Cop. 115 (same dies); Imhoof-Blumer, Nymphen, p. 72, 200 and pl. V, 30 (same reverse die). VF, toned, surfaces a little porous, mostly in the fields.

Same dies as lot 164 above.

(363.2) THESSALY, Larissa. Circa 400 BC. AR Obol (12mm, 0.92 g, 5h). Bridled horse pacing r., its rein trailing, on ground line, plant; all in circle of dots / ΛΑΑΙΣ r. down, Ξ‘Ξ™ΞŸ-Ν l. up, the nymph Larissa standing facing, head r., holding a ball with her raised r. hand, the l. rests on her waist. Boston MFA 881 var. [obverse to r., no plant below; reverse style and legend differ]. Near VF, medium dark toning, slightly uneven.


(363.3) THESSALY, Larissa. Circa 400 BC. AR Obol (12mm, 0.80 g, 12h). O πŒ” above, the πŒ” reversed, horse walking r., border of dots / [Ξ›]ΑΑΙΣ r. down, Ξ‘ l. up, upside down, the nymph Larissa standing l., her body turned to face the viewer, holds in r. hand decorated hoop and in l. ball; all in shallow incuse square. Good VF, dark toning with traces of overstriking on the obverse.


(363.4) THESSALY, Larissa. Circa 400 BC. AR Obol (12mm, 0.89 g, 6h). O πŒ” above, the πŒ” reversed, horse walking r. on ground line, border of dots / ΛΑ-Ξ‘ r. down, Ξ™ πŒ” l. up, the πŒ” reversed, the nymph Larissa standing facing and looking r., her r. hand raised, her l. lowered holding wreath downwards; below l., hydria; all in concave field. Boston MFA 883 (same dies). VF, unevenly toned and with rough surfaces, some scratches on the obverse; a rare type.

It does not look as if the nymph is holding a ball with her r. hand. More likely, she is beckoning to her friend who has the ball, to toss it over to her. The hydria on the ground indicates that the work of getting water from the fountain is over and now it is time for playing ball.