THESSALY, Larissa Kremaste
AE Trichalkon. 6.08g, 17.7mm
MINTED: THESSALY, Larissa Kremaste, 4th century BC
REF: BCD Thessaly II 400; HGC 4, 12 (R1)
OBVERSE: Bare head of Achilles right.
REVERSE: ΛΑΡΙ, Thetis, wearing long chiton and holding shield of Achilles with his monogram on it, seated left on hippocamp; below, in front of her feet, dolphin to right and downwards.
Thick blackish-green patina. Light roughness.
A rare type, depicting the Greek hero Achilles on the obverse, and on the reverse, his mother, the sea goddess Thetis, riding a hippocamp to deliver to him a shield forged by Hephaistos, the smith god.
Ex BCD Collection, with his tag noting, "V. ex Thess., Feb. 93, DM 60"
The BCD Collection was possibly the largest and most important private collection of Greek coinage ever assembled. Over the course of five decades, the collector, known publicly by the initials BCD, acquired over 50,000 coins representing the major cities and regions of ancient Greece. An accomplished numismatist, BCD studied not just the historical context but also the art and chronology of the coins, with some of the results of these studies eventually finding their way into the notes he provided for the catalogues of the sale of his coins. Many of these published catalogues are now used as the standard references for the regions they cover. A provenance to the BCD Collection is one of the most desirable that a Greek coin can possess.
Thessaly in central Greece was a region of fertile, grassy plains ringed by mountains, with Mount Olympus serving as a backdrop. Unlike other Greek regions which tended to cultivate primarily olives and grapes, Thessaly was best known for its magnificent horses, cattle, agriculture, and sports such as bull-wrestling.
The walled city of Larissa Kremaste (the epithet meaning "hanging" in Greek) was situated on a hill at the base of Mount Othrys in Thessaly. According to its mythological tradition, it was the birthplace of the great Greek hero, Achilles, who is depicted on most of its coinage.
THESSALY, Larissa Kremaste . 4th century BC . AE18 . Achilles . *Rare/Ex BCD*
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