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89000374

Larissa. Lot of 2 coins.

Triton XV, Lot: 374. Estimate $200.
Sold for $2250. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Lot of 2 coins.

(374.1) THESSALY, Larissa. Early to mid 4th century BC. AR Hemidrachm (18mm, 2.89 g, 12h). Thessalos to r., naked but for chlamys over his shoulders, petasos on the back of his head, pulling with both hands a band around the forehead of a bull’s forepart trying to leap r., below, lotus flower; all within a border of dots / ΛΑΡΙ retrograde below, ΣΑ retrograde up l., [Ι] above l., ΟΝ r. down, forepart of bridled horse l., all in shallow incuse square with rounded edges. Lorber, Thessalian, p. 139, 28 (this coin); CH VIII (1994) 137, pl. XI, 23 (this coin). VF, lightly toned, a few minor scratches under tone in obv. field; very rare, a delightful representation on the obverse, masterfully engraved by a very talented die cutter.


(374.2) THESSALY, Larissa. Early to mid 4th century BC. AR Hemidrachm (16mm, 2.92 g, 6h). Thessalos to r., naked but for chlamys over his shoulders, his petasos on the back of his head, holding a band with both hands around the forehead of a bull’s forepart leaping r., shrub (lotus ?) to r. and below on ground line; all within a border of dots / [Λ] above l., Α above r., ΡΙΣΑ r. down, [Ν]ΟΙ below, forepart of bridled horse r., all in shallow incuse square with rounded edges. Lorber, Thessalian, p. 139, 27, pl. 42, 40 (this coin). Near VF, lightly toned; obv. slightly off centre and some porosity on the reverse; very rare type.

The obverse die of this coin, although it does not reach the artistic perfection of the obverse die of the previous coin (lot 374.1), reveals a rare sensitivity that is mostly absent from the later products of the mint.