Thessaly, Pharsalos, AR Hemidrachm, Late 5th-mid 4th century BC, Lavva Plate Coin
City/Region:
Thessaly, Pharsalosq
Denomination:
AR Drachm
Composition:
Silver
Date:
Late 5th-mid 4th century BC
Obverse:
Helmeted head of Athena right; [I]Π behind neck
Reverse:
Φ-A-P-Σ, Head of horse right; all within incuse square
Size:
15.75mm, 2.85g, 2h
Grade:
VF, toned, slightly granular, light scratch in field on obverse
Provenance:
From the BCD Collection, with his round tag and accompanied by life sized photos of each side of the coin, ex CNG eAuction 413 (31 January 2018), Lot 45
References:
Lavva 133a corr. (V62/R73 – this coin, illustrated; erroneous pedigree listed); cf. BCD Thessaly II 668.3 var.; cf. SNG Alpha Bank 241-242; cf. SGN Copenhagen 222-223; cf. BMC Thessaly [Pharsalus] p. 44, 12; HGC 4, 634; BCD Thessaly I -

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Plate Coin - illustrated Lavva, S. Die Münzprägung von Pharsalos. Saarbrücker Studien zur Archäologie und Alten Geschichte, Bd. 14. (Saarbrücker, 2001). From the BCD Collection.

Pharsalos was one of the most important cities of Ancient Thessaly. It is most famous for the battle of Pharsalos in 38 BC in which Julius Caesar was victorious over Pompey, ending the wars of the First Triumvirate, leading to the end of the Roman Republic. In ancient times, the thessalian plains were famous for horse-rearing in ancient times. Alexander the Great's own horse was from Pharsalos. It is therefore very fitting that the coins minted in Pharsalos display a horse's head on the reverse.