Thessaly, Larissa, AR Drachm, c. 356-342 BC
- Thessaly, Larissa
- AR Drachm
- circa 356-342 BC
- 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
- ΛAPIΣ/AIΩN, Horse standing right, its forefoot raised, preparing to lie down
- 20.49mm, 5.90g, 10h
- Choice VF, toned, granular surfaces, some reverse die wear
- rare die combination
- Rarity Details:
- no die matches found in the references consulted
- From the BCD Collection, with his round tag and accompanied by life sized photos of each side of the coin; ex CNG eAuction 409 (8 November 2017), Lot 156
- Lorber Hoard, Phase L-III, 38–60; BCD Thessaly II 316-319; Herrmann Group VII-A; SNG Copenhagen 121-122; SNG Alpha Bank 93-99; BMC Thessaly [Larissa] pp. 29-30, 57-60; HGC 4, 454 corr. (illustration for 453 and 454 switched); SGCV I 2120
- Special Information:
- Pedigreed coin from the BCD Collection.
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).