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89000393

Larissa. Lot of 7 coins.

Triton XV, Lot: 393. Estimate $300.
Sold for $1000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Lot of 7 coins.

(393.1) THESSALY, Larissa. Late 4th - early 3rd centuries BC. Æ Dichalkon (19mm, 6.41 g, 5h). Head of the nymph Larissa three-quarter facing l., wearing circlet with wheat ears in her hair and earring showing one bead and a small pellet below it; border of dots / ΛΑΡΙ above l., Σ r. down, ИΩΙΑ below, circular and upwards, cavalryman with lance, wearing Boiotian helmet, riding r. on prancing horse. Rogers 284, fig. 137 var. [different letter arrangement]. Good Fine, malachite green patina but with some rough spots and peripheral pitting.

ASW chose to call this type (lots 393.1 to 393.7) a Dichalkon but to this writer it seems more like a Trichalkon (assuming that the bigger denomination is, as he thinks, a Tetrachalkon). But perhaps that denomination is only a Trichalkon in which case this one would certainly be a Dichalkon. There are several such cases where ASW and BCD do not agree as to the denominational attributes of bronzes but they agreed in one thing: it is better to state an opinion as to what denomination a bronze coin represents rather than avoid the issue altogether and call everything AE.

(393.2) THESSALY, Larissa. 3rd century BC. Æ Dichalkon (19mm, 6.16 g, 12h). Head of the nymph Larissa three-quarter facing l., wearing circlet with wheat ears in her hair and plain necklace; border of dots / ΛΑ l. up, P above, IΣ r. down, ΑΙΩΝ below circular and up to r, cavalryman with lance, wearing Boiotian helmet, riding r. on prancing horse. Rogers 284, fig. 137 var. [legend differently disposed]. Near VF, dark green glossy patina.

The rider here appears to have in front of him a round object, joined to his lance with a curved metal blade, as if it is an integral part of it.

(393.3) THESSALY, Larissa. 3rd century BC. Æ Dichalkon (18.5mm, 3.14 g, 8h). Head of the nymph Larissa three-quarter facing l., wearing circlet with wheat ears in her hair and double stranded plain necklace; border of dots / ΛΑ above l. ΝΩΙΑ below circular and up to r., below horse, monogram, cavalryman with lance, wearing cuirass and Boiotian helmet, riding r. on prancing horse. Rogers 285 var. [letters different]; see also Nomos 4, 1171.1. Near VF, light green patina with peripheral fraying.


(393.4) THESSALY, Larissa. 3rd century BC. Æ Dichalkon (19mm, 5.65 g, 2h). Head of the nymph Larissa three-quarter facing l., wearing circlet with wheat ears in her hair and plain necklace; border of dots / ΑΛ above l., ΡΙΣ above r., ΑΙΩΝ below, cavalryman with lance, wearing cuirass and Boiotian helmet, riding r. on prancing horse, below, monogram. Not in consulted reference literature. Near Fine, brownish green patina with bronze highlights on the high relief parts; some flatness in the centre of both sides.


(393.5) THESSALY, Larissa. 3rd century BC. Æ Dichalkon (19mm, 4.54 g, 11h). Head of the nymph Larissa three-quarter facing l., wearing circlet with wheat ears in her hair and plain necklace; border of dots / ΛΑΡ l. up, Ι-[Σ] above r., ΑΙΩΝ below, cavalryman with lance, wearing cuirass and Boiotian helmet, riding r. on prancing horse, below, Ξ. Rogers 287, fig. 138 corr. [Rogers’ text reads ΑΙΩΝ but on the corresponding photograph one can read ИΩΙΑ quite clearly]. Near VF, green patina with some roughness in the high relief areas.


(393.6) THESSALY, Larissa. 3rd century BC. Æ Dichalkon (18mm, 5.22 g, 5h). Head of the nymph Larissa three-quarter facing l., wearing circlet with wheat ears in her hair; border of dots / [ΛΑ-ΡΙ] to l. and r. above, Σ r. downwards, ИΩΙΑ below, cavalryman with lance, wearing cuirass and Boiotian helmet, riding r. on prancing horse; below, monogram. Rogers 286 var. [ΑIΩN and M on reverse instead of ИΩΙΑ and different monogram]. Good Fine, dark green patina with bronze showing through at the high points; obv. weakly struck.


(393.7) THESSALY, Larissa. 3rd century BC. Æ Dichalkon (18mm, 4.84 g, 9h). Head of the nymph Larissa three-quarter facing l., wearing circlet with wheat ears in her hair; border of dots (barely showing) / [ΛΑΡ] l. up, [Ι] above r., Σ to r. downwards, ΑΙΩΝ below, cavalryman with lance, wearing cuirass and Boiotian helmet, riding r. on prancing horse; below, M. Rogers 286. Good Fine, dark green patina with bronze highlights on the high relief surfaces.