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SOLD: Thessaly, Larissa, AR Trihemiobol, Late 4th to early 3rd century BC

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Origin: Thessaly, Larissa
Denomination: AR Trihemiobol
Composition: Silver
Date: Late 4th to early 3rd century BC
Obverse: Head of the nymph Larissa three-quarter facing left, wearing an ampyx in her hair; border of dots
Reverse: ΛΑΡI-[Σ] / AΙΩΝ, Thessalian cavalryman riding right on prancing horse, wearing chlamys and petasos, raising right hand without a whip or goad
Size: 12.25mm, 1.0g, 6h
Grade: aVF, lightly toned, porous
Provenance: Ex BCD Collection with his round tag noting "7' 1.01" and accompanied by life sized photos of each side of the coin; ex CNG eAuction 390, Lot 101
References: BCD Thessaly II 341 (same or very similar obverse die)
General: Pedigreed coin from the collection of BCD, complete with his tag and life sized photos

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 tetradrachms of Sicily, Syracuse.
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