Thessaly, Pharsalos, AR Hemidrachm, 400-344 BC
City/Region:
Thessaly, Pharsalos
Denomination:
Hemidrachm
Composition:
Silver
Date:
400-344 BC
Obverse:
Helmeted head of Athena left
Reverse:
Φ-A-P-Σ ("Phars"), Horse's head right
Size:
14mm
Grade:
gF
References:
BMC 11; SNG Alpha Bank 241-242 var. (symbol on obverse); SNG Christomanos -

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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.