Thessaly, Larissa. 356-342 B.C. Stater

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Discover the timeless beauty of ancient Greece with our Larissa Stater reproduction, a meticulously crafted replica of the famed Silver Stater.

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Thessaly, Larissa Silver Greek Stater

Ancient Thessaly, a region steeped in rich historical and mythological significance, has fascinated scholars and enthusiasts alike. Nestled in the heart of Greece, Thessaly was known for its fertile plains and strategic location, which played a crucial role in ancient Greek politics and culture.

One of the most prominent cities in Thessaly was Larissa. This city, often celebrated in Greek mythology and historical texts, was a hub of activity and development in ancient times. Larissa’s significance is evident in historical records and its contributions to the economy and trade, mainly through the minting of its renowned Silver Stater coins.

The Silver Stater coins of Larissa are especially noteworthy. These coins, struck from high-quality silver, were a testament to the city’s wealth and artistic prowess. The design of these coins often featured intricate depictions, which varied over time. Common motifs included the head of the local nymph, Larissa, and various symbols representing the city’s power and wealth. The beauty and craftsmanship of these coins have made them a subject of admiration and study among numismatists and historians.

Moreover, Thessaly and Larissa deeply connect with Greek mythology, which is famously encapsulated in Homer’s epic, the Odyssey. Thessaly was believed to be the home of many mythological figures and heroes, some of whom are mentioned in Homer’s narratives. This association with myth and legend adds a layer of mystical allure to the region, further enhancing its historical significance.

Ancient Thessaly and Larissa represent a fascinating blend of history, mythology, and artistry. Their contribution to Greek culture, economy, and mythology, especially through the creation of the Silver Stater coins, continues to be a subject of interest and admiration in studying ancient Greek history.

Obverse:  Diademed head of the nymph Larissa, with flowing hair, facing slightly left, wearing single-pendant earring and necklace.

The nymph Larissa was believed to be a local deity or spirit of the city of Larissa in Thessaly. By featuring her image on their coins, the city paid homage to its protective deity and sought to imbue their currency with a sense of divine guardianship and blessing. This practice was common in ancient Greek cities, where gods and goddesses were closely linked to civic identity and pride.

Reverse: LARI-S-AIWN,  horse prancing right, wearing loose bridle bound near the nape of the neck.

The phrase “LARI-S-AIWN” on the reverse is a  Greek inscription, which translates to “of the Larissans” or “belonging to the people of Larissa.” This inscription identifies the coin as being minted by the city-state of Larissa in ancient Thessaly, Greece.
The depiction of a horse symbolizes the city’s wealth and its reputation for breeding fine horses.


Diameter: 22 mm

Material: Silver-plated

Made in the USA
Packaged in a coin collecting flip with the description of the coin printed on the flip insert.


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