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bgr_512980 - THESSALY - LARISSA Dichalque

230.00 €(Approx. 250.70$ | 190.90£)
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Type : Dichalque
Date: c. 350 AC.
Mint name / Town : Larissa, Thessalie
Metal : copper
Diameter : 17,5 mm
Orientation dies : 7 h.
Weight : 5,23 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie sur un flan idéalement centré des deux côtés. Usure régulière. Joli portrait. Patine verte, marron sur les parties les plus en reliefs
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête de la nymphe Larissa de trois quarts de face à droite.


Reverse description : Cavalier Thessalien, cuirassé tenant une lance transversale galopant à droite.
Reverse legend : LAR-IS/[AIWN]/ D.
Reverse translation : (de Larissa).


En fait le monnayage divisionnaire semble beaucoup plus rare que le monnayage d’argent. Ce monnayage ressemble aux monnaies d’argent. La variété avec la lettre grecque semble beaucoup moins courante.

Historical background


(400-344 BC)

Larissa, the most important city of Thessaly, takes its name from one of the daughters of the legendary king Pelasgos. Built on the right bank of Peneios, the city was famous for its horse farms and Thessalos, eponymous hero of the region, rose wild bulls. When Philip II of Macedonia invaded Thessaly in 353 BC, there installation of democratic governments in the protection of Macedonian garrisons responsible to maintain order. He created four districts at the head of which he placed tetrarchs, Simos being the district of Larissa. This organization lasted only eight years since, in 344 BC, Philip II again invaded Thessaly, hunting Simos and incorporates the whole province in the kingdom of Macedonia, ending the mint. For the coinage of Larissa, there are three studies: the article by F. Hermann von Die Silbermünzen Larissa in Thessaly, ZfN. 35 (1925), Article TR Martin, The Chronology of the fourth century BC, Facing Head Silver Coinage of Larissa, MN. 28, 1983 and the article by C. Lorber, The Early Head Facing drachms of Thessalian Larissa, in Florilegium Numismaticum, Studia in Honorem U. Westermark, Stockholm 1992.

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