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Research Coins: Feature Auction

 
89000385

Larissa. Lot of 6 coins.

Triton XV, Lot: 385. Estimate $300.
Sold for $700. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Lot of 6 coins.

(385.1) THESSALY, Larissa. Mid 4th century BC. AR Trihemiobol (13mm, 1.18 g, 5h). Head of the nymph Larissa three-quarter facing l., wearing a pendant earring, a plain necklace and with an ampyx in her hair; border of dots / Λ above l., ΑΡΙΣ r. down, rider, wearing petasos and chiton, on prancing horse to l. Hermann p. 42 describes these coins as obols with a reverse type “Reiter r. (seltener l.)”; this means that he was aware of a type with rev. to l., although he does not give an actual location reference for the coin. Fair, lightly toned but surfaces crystallized and granular; a great rarity in very worn condition.

From the little we can see, this coin is of the finest style; undoubtedly the prototype of the trihemiobol series.

(385.2) THESSALY, Larissa. Late 4th century BC. AR Hemidrachm (15mm, 2.09 g, 8h). Head of the nymph Larissa three-quarter facing l., her hair held by an ampyx; border of dots / ΛΑΡΙΣ above, ΑΙΩΝ below, horse crouching r., preparing to roll. Herrmann p. 42 and pl. V, 17 corr. [hemidrachm, not diobol]. VF, unusual toning, a trifle uneven but attractive; obv. slighly off centre.

The “flat, dull style” (see Rogers p. 96, 286) of this coin argues for its date being the same as the hemidrachms with the letter and the monogram below the horse; perhaps it should be down dated to the third century.

(385.3) THESSALY, Larissa. Late 4th - early 3rd century BC. AR Hemidrachm (15mm, 1.66 g, 5h). Head of the nymph Larissa three-quarter facing l., wearing plain necklace, her hair held by an ampyx; border of dots / ΛΑΡΙΣ above, AΙΩΝ below, horse crouching r., preparing to roll. Fine, nice old tone but the face on the obverse has been marked by a multitude of small digs and scratches.

Acquired from Dr. Ronald Maly (Nomos AG) in October 1975 for CHF 500.

Another facing head hemidrachm that stands apart from the mainstream issues; the weight here is very low indeed and it may be that we are dealing with an unofficial issue of the 3rd century BC.

(385.4) THESSALY, Larissa. Late 4th - early 3rd century BC. AR Hemidrachm (14.5mm, 2.06 g, 9h). Head of the nymph Larissa three-quarter facing l., wearing plain necklace, her hair held by an ampyx; border of dots / ΛΑΡΙΣ above, ИΩ[ΙΑ] below, horse crouching r., preparing to roll, monogram below the horse’s belly. Herrmann p. 42 and pl. V, 16 corr. [hemidrachm, not diobol]; see also Tkalec 26 March 1991, 115 (same obv. die). Near VF, nice toning but both sides somewhat off centre.


(385.5) THESSALY, Larissa. Late 4th - early 3rd century BC. AR Trihemiobol (12mm, 0.97 g, 2h). Head of the nymph Larissa three-quarter facing l., wearing a plain necklace, ampyx in her hair; border of dots / ΛΑΡΙ above l., Σ r. downwards, [AI]ΩN below the exergue and to the r., rider, wearing petasos and chiton, on prancing horse to r. This obverse style not in the consulted references. Fine, toned and with an obverse somewhat related to the obverse of the hemidrachm, lot 376.2 above.

A very rare coin with an obverse style that probably belongs to the 3rd century.

(385.6) THESSALY, Larissa. Late 4th - early 3rd century BC. AR Obol (10mm, 0.70 g, 6h). Head of the nymph Larissa three-quarter facing l., wearing a plain necklace, ampyx in her hair; border of dots / [Λ]ΑΡΙΣ above, AΙΩΝ below, horse with straight legs, grazing r. Herrmann pl. V, 19 var. [earlier obverse style]. Near VF, toned with some light surface marks on the obverse.