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Live auction - bgr_544793 - THESSALY - LARISSA Drachme

THESSALY - LARISSA Drachme XF
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Starting price : 420 €
Estimate : 720 €
Price : no bid
Maximum bid : no bid
End of the sale : 10 September 2019 14:15:37
Type : Drachme
Date: c. 350 AC.
Mint name / Town : Larissa, Thessalie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 19,5 mm
Orientation dies : 9 h.
Weight : 6,06 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan bien centré, un peu court sur les têtes de la jument et du poulain au revers. Usure régulière. Défaut du métal entre 9h et 11h au revers. Joli portrait de la nymphe au droit. Patine grise de collection
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Exemplaire provenant de la collection Luc Corso

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 : Jument passant à droite avec son poulain.
Reverse legend : SAIWN/LARI.

Commentary


Ce type est beaucoup plus rare avec le poulain accompagnant la jument. La légende au revers est inversée et débute à l’exergue.

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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