THESSALY, Thessalian League
AE17. 5.09g, 16.7mm
MINTED: THESSALY, Thessalian League, circa 196-27 BC
REF: SNG Cop 324ff (various magistrates on obv and controls on rev)
OBVERSE: Helmeted head of Athena Itonia right.

REVERSE: ΘEΣΣ/AΛΩN, horse trotting right.



Ex Joseph J. Copeland Collection (Part II, Coin Galleries, 10 February 1993)


Fine. Somewhat weathered surfaces.


Historical Notes:

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 Thessalian League was a federation of cities, supposedly first organized in the late 6th century BC by Aleuas the Red, the legendary King of Larissa and founder of the Aluad dynasty.  It possessed a formidable cavalry and reached the height of its power in the early 4th century BC, under Lykophron I, tyrant of Pherai, and after that his son Jason, who made himself de facto ruler of all Thessaly.  The League strongly supported Alexander the Great of Macedon, but after his death in 323 BC, unsuccessfully revolted against the regent Antipater.  The League was eventually revived again in 196 BC under Roman rule. 

THESSALY, Thessalian League . 196 - 27 BC . AE17 . Ex Joseph Copeland Collection

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