Thessaly, Larissa, AR Drachm, c. 356-342 BC, Lorber Hoard Plate Coin
City/Region:
Thessaly, Larissa
Denomination:
AR Drachm
Composition:
Silver
Date:
circa 356-342 BC
Obverse:
Head of the nymph Larissa three-quarter, facing left, wearing plain necklace, earring in right ear, her hair confined by an ampyx and floating loosely; all within dotted border
Reverse:
ΛAPIΣ/AIΩN, Horse standing right, its forefoot raised, preparing to lie down
Size:
19.97mm, 6.1, 5h
Grade:
Good VF, toned, some granularity
Provenance:
From the Lorber Hoard, From the BCD Collection, with his round tag and accompanied by life sized photos of each side of the coin, ex CNG eAuction 412 (17 January 2018), Lot 135
References:
Lorber Hoard, Phase L-III, 53 (this coin, illustrated); BCD Thessaly II 319; Herrmann Group VII-A, pl. V, 9 (same dies); BMC Thessaly [Larissa] pp. 29-30, 57-60; SNG Copenhagen 121-122 var. (left forefoot raised); SNG Alpha Bank 93-99 var. (same); BCD Thessaly I 1155 var. (same); HGC 4, 454 corr. (illustration for 453 and 454 switched); SGCV I 2120

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Pedigreed coin from the BCD Collection. Plate coin from Lorber, C. 'A Hoard of Facing Head Larissa Drachms' in SNR 79 (2000).

In ancient times Larissa was a city in Thessaly and the mythological birthplace of Achilles. Today, it is the capital and largest city in modern Thessaly. It is also the namesake of the nymph Larissa who was the daughter of Pelasgus, son of Triopas, King of Argos. The depiction of Larissa facing three-quarters to the left was borrowed from that of Arethusa of the famous coinage of Sicily, Syracuse. Lorber dates the Phase L-III series to which this coin belongs to a period commencing from the time of Third Sacred War (356-346 AD) to Philip's reorganisation of the tetrarchy government of Thessaly and his garrison of Pherae (c. 344-342 AD).