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Thessaly, Larissa, AR Drachm, c. 400-370 BC

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Information: Pedigreed coin from the BCD Collection. Signed by the die-engraver ΣΙΜΟ ('Simo').
Origin: Thessaly, Larissa
Denomination: AR Drachm
Composition: Silver
Date: circa 400-370 BC
Obverse: Head of the nymph Larissa three-quarter, facing right, wearing plain necklace, her hair confined by an ampyx and floating loosely; above head, signed ΣΙΜΟ; all within dotted border
Reverse: ΛΑΡI (retrograde), Horse with straight legs grazing, right, on solid exergue line
Size: 20.49mm, 6.01g, 4h
Grade: VF, lightly toned, worn dies, tight flan, small metal flaws
Rarity: very rare
Rarity Details: unusual retrograde reverse legend
Provenance: 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 153
References: Lorber-Shahar Group 3, Head Type 6, dies O17/R10; Lorber Thessalian 72 (same obverse die, ethnic illegible); BCD Thessaly II 195 var. (same obverse die, ethnic not retrograde); Herrmann Group VII-R, pl. viii, 15 (same obverse die, illegible reverse legend); SNG Copenhagen 131; HGC 4, 430; Lorber Early -; Lorber Hoard -; SGCV I -; SNG Alpha Bank -
General: 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.
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