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89000388

Larissa. Lot of 8 coins.

Triton XV, Lot: 388. Estimate $300.
Sold for $1000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Lot of 8 coins.

(388.1) THESSALY, Larissa. Mid to late 4th century BC. Æ Tetrachalkon (19.5mm, 8.21 g, 2h). Head of the nymph Larissa three-quarter facing l., wearing plain necklace, three-drop pendant earring and ampyx; border of dots (not visible) / ΛΑΡΙ above, Σ r. down, [ИΩΙΑ] in the exergue, bridled horse trotting r., above, monogram, below, wheat ear pointing up and to the l. Rogers 274. Near Fine, dark greyish brown patina with some lighter areas.


(388.2) THESSALY, Larissa. Mid to late 4th century BC. Æ Tetrachalkon (21mm, 9.85 g, 10h). Head of the nymph Larissa three-quarter facing l., wearing double-strand plain necklace, three-drop pendant earring and ampyx; border of dots / ΛΑΡΙ above, Σ r. down, ИΩΙΑ in the exergue, bridled horse trotting r., above, Λ sideways, its top to the r., below, wheat ear pointing up and to the l. See CNG e-sale 200 (3 December 2008) 37 var. [above the horse, Λ on its side but pointing the other way]. Good Fine, dark brownish green patina, minor flatness on horse’s head.

It appears that the sideways Λ above the horse has been engraved over another letter, probably an E on its back.

(388.3) THESSALY, Larissa. Mid to late 4th century BC. Æ Tetrachalkon (21mm, 8.99 g, 12h). Head of the nymph Larissa three-quarter facing l., wearing plain necklace, three-drop pendant earring and ampyx; border of dots / ΛΑΡΙ above, Σ r. down, [ИΩΙΑ] in the exergue, bridled horse trotting r., above, monogram, below, wheat ear pointing up and to the r. Rogers 272, fig. 134. Good Fine, dark green patina; the rev. softly struck in places.

Same obv. die as lot 388.8 below

(388.4) THESSALY, Larissa. Mid to late 4th century BC. Æ Tetrachalkon (20.5mm, 9.68 g, 2h). Head of the nymph Larissa three-quarter facing l., wearing plain necklace, three-drop pendant earring and ampyx; border of dots / ΛΑΡΙ above, Σ r. down, ИΩΙΑ in the exergue, bridled horse trotting r., above, monogram, below, wheat ear pointing up and to the l. SNG Christomanos 391. Near VF, dark greenish brown patina with some peripheral pitting but the devices well centred and struck, a pleasing coin.


(388.5) THESSALY, Larissa. Mid to late 4th century BC. Æ Tetrachalkon (21mm, 9.02 g, 7h). Head of the nymph Larissa three-quarter facing l., wearing plain necklace, three-drop pendant earring and ampyx; border of dots / ΛΑΡΙ above, [Σ] r. down, ИΩΙΑ in the exergue, bridled horse trotting r., above, Λ sideways, its top to the l., below, wheat ear pointing up and to the r. Rogers 269. Good Fine, brown patina with bronze showing through at the high points. From the collection of H. C. Hoskier.

Acquired from Edward J. Waddell, September 1994, for $120; ex J. Hirsch XX (13 November 1907) Hoskier, 274.


(388.6) THESSALY, Larissa. Mid to late 4th century BC. Æ Tetrachalkon (20.5mm, 8.75 g, 9h). Head of the nymph Larissa three-quarter facing l., wearing two-strand plain necklace, three-drop pendant earring and ampyx; border of dots / ΛΑΡΙ above, Σ r. down, [ИΩΙΑ] in the exergue, bridled horse trotting r., above, И, below, wheat ear pointing up and to the r. The И symbol was not found in the consulted reference literature. Near VF, leaf green patina with central roughness on both sides and a couple of corrosion pits on the reverse.

It is quite clear on this coin, but it probably applies to most obverses from this series, that the circle of dots changes under the nymph’s neckline and becomes an open V. This probably means that a rough outline of the nymph’s head was also punched on the die together with the circle of dots, thus reducing the die-cutter’s work to just adding the details of the hair and facial features.

(388.7) THESSALY, Larissa. Mid to late 4th century BC. Æ Tetrachalkon (20mm, 9.22 g, 1h). Head of the nymph Larissa three-quarter facing l., wearing plain necklace, five-drop pendant earring and ampyx; border of dots / ΛΑΡΙ above, Σ r. down, [ИΩΙΑ] in the exergue, bridled horse trotting r., above, Λ, below, wheat ear pointing up and to the l. Rogers 269 var. [the Λ sideways]. Near VF, olive green patina with some bronze showing on the obv., the rev. surfaces a little rough.


(388.8) THESSALY, Larissa. Mid to late 4th century BC. Æ Tetrachalkon (19.5mm, 9.11 g, 6h). Head of the nymph Larissa three-quarter facing l., wearing plain necklace, three-drop pendant earring and ampyx; border of dots / ΛΑΡΙ above, Σ r. down, [ИΩΙΑ] in the exergue, bridled horse trotting r., above, monogram, below, wheat ear pointing up and to the r. The combination of this monogram and the wheat ear to r. was not found in the consulted references. Near VF, dark green patina, the rev. slightly off centre.

Same obv. die as lot 388.3 above