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89000396

Larissa. Lot of 7 coins.

Triton XV, Lot: 396. Estimate $300.
Sold for $300. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Lot of 7 coins.

(396.1) THESSALY, Larissa. 3rd or 2nd centuries BC. Æ Tetrachalkon (19.5mm, 7.63 g, 11h). Head of the nymph Larissa three-quarter facing l., wearing plain necklace, drop earring and ampyx; border of dots / [Λ]ΑΡΙ above, [Σ?] r. down, ИΩΙΑ in the exergue, bridled horse trotting r. Rogers 281. Near Fine, green-brown patina, a little rough but uniformely so, the obv. struck a little softly and the rev. off centre; the letter Σ to the r. is reduced to just an oblong sign.

This is the later version of the 4th century Tetrachalka and it comes either with no symbols or monograms, like this coin, or with letters or monograms under the horse. The style deteriorates until it becomes almost a caricature and there are obverse die-links with Gomphi and Skotoussa that lead to the assumption that the mints of the smaller cities had ceased functioning and Larissa was supplying them with coins struck on their behalf. There are of course other possible scenarios such as a traveling artist who would carry his dies with him and would strike coins at the various cities when need arose for them and the funds were available.

(396.2) THESSALY, Larissa. 3rd or 2nd centuries BC. Æ Tetrachalkon (19.5mm, 7.41 g, 2h). Head of the nymph Larissa three-quarter facing l., wearing plain necklace, drop earring and ampyx; border of dots / ΛΑΡΙ above, Σ r. down, ИΩ[ΙΑ] in the exergue, bridled horse trotting r., below, monogram. Rogers 280 var. [different monogram]. Near Fine, green patina with brown overtones; the obv. partly flat struck and the rev. a little off centre. From the collection of Professor Peter R. Franke.

Acquired from Professor Franke, May 1978, for DM 60.


(396.3) THESSALY, Larissa. 3rd or 2nd centuries BC. Æ Tetrachalkon (21mm, 7.62 g, 10h). Head of the nymph Larissa three-quarter facing l., wearing plain necklace and ampyx; border of dots / ΛΑΡΙ above, Σ r. down, ИΩΙΑ in the exergue, bridled horse trotting r., below, monogram. Not in consulted reference literature. Fine, green patina with some brown on the reverse; obv. somewhat off centre and flat struck to the l., lower part of the reverse weakly struck.


(396.4) THESSALY, Larissa. 3rd or 2nd centuries BC. Æ Tetrachalkon (18.5mm, 5.05 g, 6h). Head of the nymph Larissa three-quarter facing l., wearing bead necklace and ampyx; border of dots / ΛΑΡΙ above, Σ r. down, [ИΩΙΑ] in the exergue, bridled horse trotting r. SNG München 82. VF, nice green patina; weakly struck in parts.

The die that struck the obverse of this coin is also known to have been used to strike the obverses of Gomphi and Skotoussa late issues.

(396.5) THESSALY, Larissa. 3rd or 2nd centuries BC. Æ Tetrachalkon (21.5mm, 7.20 g, 12h). Head of the nymph Larissa three-quarter facing l., border of dots / ΛΑΡΙ above, [Σ] r. down, ИΩ[ΙΑ] in the exergue, bridled horse advancing r. This style not found in the consulted literature. Near VF, green patina with areas of dark red; rev. off centre.

Acquired from Dr. Michael Brandt, October 1990, for DM 100.


(396.6) THESSALY, Larissa. 3rd or 2nd centuries BC. Æ Tetrachalkon (24.5mm, 6.72 g, 6h). Head of the nymph Larissa three-quarter facing l., border of dots / ΛΑΡΙ above, [Σ] r. down, [И]Ω[ΙΑ] in the exergue, horse advancing r. Not in consulted reference sources. Fine, yellowish olive patina with some lighter points on the obv., overstruck on a coin that has ΔΙ on the ground line of its rev. From the collection of the historian Howard Hayes Scullard.

Acquired in London, November 1983, for £ 10. Ex Scullard collection, with his ticket.

Same obv. die as lot 71.12, above.

(396.7) THESSALY, Larissa. 3rd or 2nd centuries BC. Æ Tetrachalkon (24mm, 5.38 g, 9h). Head of the nymph Larissa three-quarter facing l., border of dots / ΛΑΡΙ above, И to r., [ИΩΙΑ] in the exergue, horse advancing r. Not in consulted reference sources. Near VF, green patina with some brown areas at the high points, the reverse struck a little off centre.

Same obv. die as lot 71.10, above.