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Live auction - bgr_544793 - THESSALY - LARISSA Drachme

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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
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Predigree :
Exemplaire provenant de la collection Luc Corso


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


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


(400-344 BC)

Larissa, the most important city of Thessaly, takes its name from one of the daughters of the mythical king Pelasgos. Built on the right bank of the Peneios, the city was famous for its horse breeding and Thessalos, the eponymous hero of the region, trained wild bulls there.. When Philip II of Macedon invaded Thessaly in 353 BC. -VS. , he installed democratic governments there under the protection of Macedonian garrisons responsible for maintaining order. He created four great districts at the head of which he placed tetrarchs, Simos being that of the district of Larissa. This organization was to last only eight years because, in 344 BC. -VS. , Philip II invades Thessaly again, drives out Simos and incorporates the whole province into the kingdom of Macedonia, ending the coinage. For the coinage of Larissa, there are three studies: the article by F. Hermann, Die Silbermünzen von Larissa in Thessalien, ZfN. 35 (1925), the article by T. R. Martin, The Chronology of the fourth century B. VS. , Facing Head Silver Coinage of Larissa, MN. 28, 1983 and the article by C. Lorber, The Early Facing Head Drachms of Thessalian Larissa, in Florilegium Numismaticum, Studia in Honorem U. Westermark, Stockholm 1992.

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