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Live auction - bgr_401661 - THESSALY - LARISSA Drachme

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Estimate : 750 €
Price : 780 €
Maximum bid : 780 €
End of the sale : 12 December 2017 14:12:43
bidders : 3 bidders
Type : Drachme
Date: c. 350-340 AC.
Mint name / Town : Larissa, Thessalie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 19 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 6,02 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan ovale, avec le portrait légèrement décalé, le grènetis bien visible. Très belle expression du visage de la nymphe. Beau revers à l’usure superficielle. Très jolie patine de médaillier
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient de la vente Roma Numismatics IV (Londres), n° 1328 et du stock de D. F. Grotjohann (Münich)


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 : Cheval paissant à droite, l'antérieur repose sur la ligne de sol ; plante sous le cheval.
Reverse legend : LARIS//AIWN.
Reverse translation : (de Larissa).


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. Cette position où le cheval pose l’antérieur sur le sol semble beaucoup plus rare que ceux où il est carrément courbé avec le même antérieur plié.

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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