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Live auction - bgr_431929 - THESSALY - LARISSA Drachme

THESSALY - LARISSA Drachme AU
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Estimate : 1 200 €
Price : 750 €
Maximum bid : 750 €
End of the sale : 13 June 2017 14:09:41
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Drachme
Date: c. 3506-320 AC
Mint name / Town : Larissa, Thessalie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 18,5 mm
Orientation dies : 11 h.
Weight : 5,97 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan ovale bien centré des deux côtés avec le grènetis visible au droit. Très belle représentation de Larissa au droit. Joli revers de style fin. Belle patine avec des reflets dorés
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Cet exmplaire provient de MONNAIES IV, n° 45

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête de la nymphe Larissa de face tournée de trois-quarts de face à gauche, les cheveux retenus par un bandeau (l'ampyx).

Reverse


Reverse legend : LÉGENDE PARTIELLEMENT INVERSÉE.
Reverse description : Cheval paissant à droite, levant l'antérieur gauche.
Reverse legend : LARIS/AIWN.

Commentary


Cet exemplaire sur un flan relativement étroit tout en étant relativement complet nous montre la maîtrise artistique du graveur qui a su habilement adapter son sujet à la forme circulaire du flan, tant au niveau du droit, où la chevelure vient harmonieusement occuper l’ensemble du flan et au revers, où le cheval semble se courber.

Historical background


THESSALIE - LARISSA

(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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