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bgr_839022 - THESSALY - LARISSA Drachme

THESSALY - LARISSA Drachme AU
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Item sold on our e-shop (2023)
Price : 700.00 €
Type : Drachme
Date: c. 410-405 AC.
Mint name / Town : Larissa, Thessalie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 19,5 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 5,95 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie centrée. Joli revers. Portrait agréable, bien venu à la frappe. Patine grise
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse description : Tête de la nymphe Larissa à droite, les cheveux retenus par un saccos.

Reverse


Reverse legend : LÉGENDE EN PARTIE RÉTROGRADE.
Reverse description : Cheval bondissant à droite avec la bride pendante dans les restes d’un carré creux.
Reverse legend : LARISA/IA.
Reverse translation : (Larissa).

Commentary


Ce type semble beaucoup plus rare que ne le laissent supposer les ouvrages généraux. C’est la première fois que nous le proposons à la vente.

Historical background


THESSALY - LARISSA

(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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