Thessaly, Larissa, c. 356-342 BC

Thessaly, Larissa, c. 356-342 BC

3,750.00

AR Stater or Didrachm, 12.16g (24mm, 6h). Head of nymph Larissa slightly left with dotted border / Horse prancing right, M in right field.

References:  BCD Thessaly 308; Lorber, Hoard 67-8

Grade:  NGC graded but not encapsulated as XF, Strike: 4/5, Surface 5.5 Fine Style. A bit of wear on the nose, otherwise wonderfully struck. EF  (gk1167)

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The coins of Larissa depicts the local spring goddess of the same name, Larissa. These lovely coins are undoubtedly inspired by the Syracusan die engraver Kimon. Kimon created a beautiful image of the nymph Arethusa on the coins from Syracuse. The reverse depicts a horse which is logical since Thessaly was known for breeding horses. Coins from Thessaly routinely show a horse with or without rider. 

It has been suggested that the mythological hero Achilles was born in Larissa. The father of medicine, Hippocrates apparently died there and finally the Greek general Meno was a resident.