᷅  <font color=\"#FF0000\"><b>SOLD</b></font color>: Thessaly, Larissa, AR Drachm, Thessalos, c. 450/440-420 BC
City/Region:
Thessaly, Larissa
Denomination:
AR Drachm
Composition:
Silver
Date:
circa 450/440-420 BC
Obverse:
Naked youth (Thessalos) standing left, 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:
18.98mm, 5.87 g, 12h
Grade:
VF, toned, some roughness, minor hairline die fault on reverse
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 412 (17 January 2018), Lot 126; From the BCD Collection; ex J. A. Spranger Collection (Sotheby’s, 12 May 1983), Lot 169
References:
Lorber Thessalian 52; BCD Thessaly II 174; Herrmann Group III-F; SNG Copenhagen 110; SNG Alpha Bank 87; BMC Thessaly [Larissa] p. 27, 33; HGC 4, 420; SGCV I 2111 var. (reign not flying loose)

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Pedigreed coin from the BCD Collection

The obverse shows the Thessalian sport of bull-wrestling. On the reverse, the reigns are much clearer than on specimens from different dies - note how the reigns interrupt the ethnic. 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.