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SOLD: Thessaly, Larissa, AR Drachm, Thessalos, c. 450/440-420 BC

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Pedigreed coin from the BCD Collection, with die links to multiple published examples.
Origin:
Thessaly, Larissa
Denomination:
AR Drachm
Composition:
Silver
Date:
circa 450/440-420 BC
Obverse:
Naked youth (Thessalos) standing right, chlamys hanging around neck, petasos flying backwards, restraining bull by band hanging around its neck; all within dotted border
Reverse:
ΛΑΡI / Σ AIA, Bridled horse galloping right, reins flying loose; all in incuse square
Size:
22.25mm, 5.73g, 6h
Grade:
VF, fine style, beautiful golden toning, hairline flan crack, struck slightly off centre, some roughness, minor obverse die fault
Provenance:
Pedigreed: from the BCD Collection with his round tag and accompanied by life-sized photos of the obverse and reverse of the coin; ex Classical Numismatic Group eAuction 407 (11 October 2017), Lot 77
References:
Lorber Thessalian 49 (same dies); BCD Thessaly II 369.1; Herrmann Group III-G; SNG Copenhagen 107 (same obverse die); SNG Alpha Bank 82-82 var. (ethnic); BMC Thessaly [Larissa] p. 27, 37 (same obverse die); HGC 4, 418; SGCV I -
General Information:
The obverse shows the Thessalian sport of bull-wrestling. The Thessalian plains were famous in antiquity for their horses. Alexander the Great's own horse, Bucephalus, was originally from Thessaly. Much of the coinage of ancient Thessaly displays different scenes of horses.
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