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Live auction - bgr_440941 - THESSALY - LARISSA Drachme

THESSALY - LARISSA Drachme AU
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Estimate : 750 €
Price : no bid
Maximum bid : no bid
End of the sale : 12 September 2017 14:17:03
Type : Drachme
Date: c. 380 AC.
Mint name / Town : Larissa, Thessalie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 18,5 mm
Orientation dies : 10 h.
Weight : 6,09 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un petit flan ovale et irrégulier bien centré des deux côtés avec le grènetis visible au droit. Très belle tête de Larissa avec une expression inspirée. Faiblesse de frappe au revers. Patine de collection avec des reflets dorés
Catalogue references :
BMC.- - GC.2124 - SB.- - Cop.- - P.- - HGCS. 4/431
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire a été acquis en juin 1994 et provient de Conseils Placements

Obverse


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

Reverse


Reverse description : Cheval passant à droite.
Reverse legend : LARIS.
Reverse translation : (Larissa).

Commentary


Mêmes coins que l’exemplaire de la collection BCD., Triton XV, 2012, n° 265. Notre exemplaire comme celui de la collection BCD. présente une infime cassure de coin au niveau de la ligne d’exergue. Très belle expression du visage de la nymphe Larissa.

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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