Coin: Drachm, Larissa


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Basic Information

Artifact Identification Coin: Drachm, Larissa   (1900.63.0020)
Communication Artifacts : Exchange Media : N/A
Artist/Maker None
Geographic Location Europe, West, Greece, Thessaly, Larissa
Period/Date Classical Greece, 430-400 BCE
Culture Greek

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Diameter) 1.92 cm
Dimension 2 (Depth) .29 cm
Dimension 3 (N/A) N/A
Weight 5.72 g
Measuring Remarks None
Materials Metal
Manufacturing Processes Cast
Munsell Color Information waived

Research Remarks

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This Greek coin is a Drachm from Larissa in the Thessaly region of Greece. It was struck in the late 5th century BCE. The obverse shows a man wrestling a bull. It is possible that the man wrestling the bull is Jason, a national hero of Thessaly, in his quest to find the golden fleece. To prove his mettle he wrestled two bull with bronze hooves who breathed fire into a yoke and plowed a field with them. The reverse is a horse in motion. Above the horse are the letters ΛΑΡ (Lambda Alpha Rho) and below the horse are ΙΣΑΤΑ (Iota Sigma Alpha Tau Alpha) to combined denote it is from Larissa.

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