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THESSALY, Larissa. Circa 356-342 BC. AR Stater (22mm, 12.29 g, 5h). Head of the nymph Larissa facing slightly left, hair in ampyx, wearing single-pendant earring and necklace / Bridled horse prancing right; ΛAPI-Σ-AIΩN around. L-S Type 2, Series A, dies O2/R2; BCD Thessaly II 308 (same obv. die); Lorber, Hoard 67–8 (same obv. die); HGC 4, 409. Attractive deep iridescent tone. EF. Struck from dies of lovely style.

Ex Numismatica Ars Classica 106 (9 May 2018), lot 1190.

Starting about 404 BC, Larissa introduced a new coin design featuring a facing female hea of a local spring nymph bearing the city's name. The legendary Larissa was the daughter of Pelasgos, the ancestor to all Thessalians. The beautiful young girl drowned while playing ball on the banks of the Pineios River, but was resurrected by the gods as one of the Thessalids, nymphs of the Pineios. The early facing head silver drachms show considerable variation in style and detail, with Larissa’s gaze directed either right or left, and her expression ranging from serene to melancholy. In circa 356 BC, a larger silver denomination, valued at two drachms, was introduced. This also featured a facing head of Larissa, closely modeled on Kimon’s facing Arethousa tetradrachm of Syracuse, lacking only the dolphins frolicking in the latter’s hair.