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89000365

Larissa. Lot of 4 coins.

Triton XV, Lot: 365. Estimate $300.
Sold for $700. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Lot of 4 coins.

(365.1) THESSALY, Larissa. Early 4th century BC. AR Trihemiobol (13.5mm, 0.87 g, 2h). Small, round shield, with dotted border, having as a device a bull’s hoof to r., all within a circle of dots / Λ-[Α] above, the nymph Larissa running l. with ball; all in a shallow incuse square. Traité IV, 689, pl. CCXCVII, 22; McClean 4601, pl. 172, 28 (same dies). Near VF, lightly toned, obverse porous, reverse corroded. Very rare.

Herrmann says that the obverse of the running nymph types is a horse’s hoof, whereas the much more common Asklepios reverses have a bull’s hoof on the obverse. This writer does not see the difference.

(365.2) THESSALY, Larissa. Early 4th century BC. AR Trihemiobol (12mm, 1.02 g, 4h). Small, round shield, with dotted border, having as a device a bull’s hoof to l., all within a circle of dots / Λ-Α above, ΙΡ l. up, diademed bust of long-haired and bearded Asklepios to r., before him, snake coiling to r., all in shallow incuse square with softened contours. This style reverse not found in published references. Fine, lightly toned, some scratches on the obv., very rare variety.

The two circular lines below the bust suggest that the image is copied from a statuary bust with a circular base (or they could just be the drapery of the god).

(365.3) THESSALY, Larissa. Early 4th century BC. AR Trihemiobol (12.5mm, 1.11 g, 12h). Small, round shield, with dotted border, having as a device a bull’s hoof to r., all within a circle of dots, ΟΠ between the outer circle of dots and the rim of the shield / Λ-Α above, laureate and draped bust of long-haired and bearded Asklepios to r., before him, snake coiling l. to face him; all in shallow incuse square with softened contours. Traité IV, 690, pl. CCXCVII, 23 (same rev. die); Herrmann p. 23, group III b, pl. III, 15 (same obv. die). VF, nicely toned; old imperceptible scratch on the side of Asklepios’ head; an attractive coin in refined style.

The letters on the obverse are not mentioned by Babelon or Herrmann although visible on their plates.

(365.4) THESSALY, Larissa. Early 4th century BC. AR Trihemiobol (13.5mm, 1.10 g, 1h). Small, round shield, with dotted border, having as a device a bull’s hoof to r., all within a circle of dots / Α-Λ above, ΡΙ l. down, the Ρ upside down, laureate and draped bust of long-haired and bearded Asklepios to r., before him, snake coiling r., all in shallow incuse square with softened contours. This reverse die not found in reference literature. VF, lightly toned and slightly porous.