Thessaly Greece Drachm Late 4th Early-3rd Century BC Facing Nymph / Horse

Ancient Coins - Thessaly Greece Drachm Late 4th Early-3rd Century BC Facing Nymph / Horse
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Larissa, Thessaly, Greece, Late 4th Early - 3rd Century B.C.
 
GS73423. Silver drachm, Lorber Hoard pl. III, 27 (same dies); BCD Thessaly I 1158; BCD Thessaly II 316; SNG Cop 121; HGC 4 454, aF, struck with crude and worn dies, 5.808g, 17.6mm, 270o, Larissa mint, head of the nymph Larissa slightly left, wearing ampyx, earring, and simple necklace; reverse horse right; ex BCD Collection with his tag noting, `T/ne ex Thess., total cost (Feb. 87) = 10000 drs.`
 
The obverse of most of the coins of Larissa depicted the nymph of the local spring, Larissa, for whom the town was named. The choice was probably inspired by the famous coins of Kimon depicting the Syracusan nymph Arethusa. The reverse usually depicted a horse in various poses. The horse was an appropriate symbol of Thessaly, a land of plains, which was well known for its horses. On other coins, there is a male figure, probably the eponymous hero of the Thessalians, Thessalos.
Price SKU: GS73423
US$ 135.00
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