Ancient Greece – very rare Thessalian drachm

Ancient Greece – very rare Thessalian drachm

SKU: C044


Ancient Greece – very rare Thessalian drachm


Minted at: Larissa, Thessaly.


Date of minting: 479 – 460 BC.


Obverse: Grazing horse left; above, upside down bird.


Reverse: Sandal of Jason left; above, double axe right; counterclockwise from lower left, legend in Greek, LARISAION.


Materials and method: Struck in good quality silver from engraved dies.


Dimensions: 15 mm diameter.


Denomination: Drachm


Weight: 5.09 gm


Condition: good Very Fine/Very fine; old cabinet toning.


Stock no: C044


Price: On request


Provenance: Ex Classical Numismatic Group E-sale 282, lot 1; from the BCD collection.


Other comments:

  • Unrecorded with the double-axe on the reverse.
  • The sandal on the reverse is a reference to Jason, the leader of the Argonauts. An oracle warned the king of Thessaly, Pelias (who had overthrown and imprisoned Jason’s father), to beware of a man wearing one sandal. Jason, who had avoided being murdered by Pelias as a baby by being raised by the centaur Chiron, arrived in the city of Iolchus to claim his right to the throne wearing only one sandal. Pelias recognized him and said that to take the throne he must first go on a quest for the Golden Fleece.


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