Thessaly. Larissa. c. 400-380 BC

Thessaly. Larissa. c. 400-380 BC


AR Drachm, 5.93g (18mm, 3h). Head of nymph Larissa facing, turned slightly to right, wearing ampyx, earrings and necklace with central pendant / ΛΑΡΙΣΑΙ, horse with straight legs feeding to right.

Pedigree: W.C. Hazlitt collection, Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 5 July 1909, lot 118; L. de Nanteuil collection; Bank Leu 42, 12 May 1987, lot 209; BCD collection, Triton XV, 3 January 2012, lot 214

References: de Nanteuil 845 (this coin); Traité IV, 719, pl. CCXCIX, 7, (this coin); Lorber (1992)

Grade: Magnificent rainbow toning. This piece is charming with lovely strike and fantastic details. The tail of horse is off flan. Mint State (gk1262)

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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.