Thessaly, Larissa. 350-325 BC

Thessaly, Larissa. 350-325 BC

7,500.00

AR Tetradrachm, 12.20g (22mm, 12h). Head of nymph Larissa 3/4 facing left / Horse trotting right.

References: BCD 311

Grade: Lovely toned surfaces. No flatness on the nose which is typical and well centered. EF (gk1287)

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Larissa was an important city in ancient Greece.  It is said that Achilles lived in Larissa and Homer mentions it in the Odyssey. The coinage is most known for the lovely obverse dies featuring a nymph that is certainly modelled after the goddess Arethusa on the contemporary coins from Syracuse.  Other coins from the area show the hero Thessalos who was a son of Herakles. He wears a petasos, which is a type of floppy hat and chlamys, a cloak. A horse is typically shown on all coins of Larissa. The vast landscape of great plains made horse breeding a natural fit for the area and is consistently reflected on its coins.