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Greek Bronze Larissa Thessaly 196-146 BC (0031b)

$490.00

Description

Ancient bronze coin with a beautiful golden and verdigris patina.  A high headed horse trotting right.  The reverse side of the coin is an image of helmeted Athena, which is uniquely aligned with the horse.  

Greek bronze coin from the city of Larissa in Thessaly.

One of a kind with Certificate of Authenticity.

Size and Materials

Size approx 19mm in a hand fabricated sterling silver mount.  

Shown with a 2.2 mm silver bead chain.  Chain is available separately.  See Chains

Story

Dated: 196-146 BC

Thessaly's unique landscape of broad and fertile plains along with regular summer rains, made the area ideal for cultivating grain and breeding horses.  Thessalian horses, noted for their beauty and courage, are believed to have been oriental types, brought to Greece by the Scythians.  Alexander the Great's horse, Bucephalus, was originally from Thessaly, Pharsalos. The Thessalians branded their horses. The horses from Larissa were branded with a centaur, those from Pherai with an axe, and those from Pharsalos with a bull’s head. Athena was commonly portrayed with an owl on her shoulder which revealed unseen truths to her.  Athena is associated with wisdom, handicraft, and war and is often a symbol of freedom and democracy.

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