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89000366

Larissa. Lot of 2 coins.

Triton XV, Lot: 366. Estimate $300.
Sold for $450. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Lot of 2 coins.

(366.1) THESSALY, Larissa. Early to mid 4th century BC. AR Drachm (18mm, 5.70 g, 6h). ΤΟ in exergue, Thessalos to l., naked but for chlamys over his shoulders and petasos hanging from a cord around his neck, holding a band with both hands around the forehead of a bull rushing l., in front of the bull, branch or small tree, below, small plant growing from the ground line; all within a dotted circle / ΛΑ above, ΡΙΣΑ retrograde below, bridled horse with loose rein prancing r., all in an incuse square. Weber 2834; Winterthur 1690 (both with same obv. die); see also Frankfurter Münzhandlung 116 (27 January 1969) 427 (same dies) and Nomos 4, 1123 (same obverse die). VF, lightly toned.

A common obverse die that bridges the archaic with the later taurokathapsia Larissa drachms. The plants add charm to this well balanced and eloquent composition of transitional style while the obverse letters connect it chronologically with lots 358.7 and 358.8 above.

(366.2) THESSALY, Larissa. Early to mid 4th century BC. AR Drachm (19mm, 5.77 g, 3h). Thessalos to r., naked but for chlamys over his shoulders and petasos hanging from a cord around his neck, holding a band with both hands around the forehead of a bull rushing r., border of dots / ΛΑ above, ΡΙΣ retrograde below, bridled horse with loose rein prancing r., all in an incuse square. BMC p. 25, 16, pl. IV, 12 (same rev. die). VF, some obverse granularity and uneven toning due to light deposits, mostly on the reverse. From the collection of Robert Heitz.

Ex Alain Poinsignon (Strasbourg) 4 December 1985 (Heitz) 123, hammer FF 3500.