This unique ring features an ancient silver coin from Thessaly, Larissa circa 356-342 B.C. set in 18k yellow gold.
Handmade in Rome.
DEPICTED ON THE COIN
Obverse: Head of the nymph Larissa facing slighly left, hair in ampyx, wearing plain necklace
Reverse: Horse grazing right, ΛAΡI-ΣAIΩN around
Larisa was a nymph from Thessaly. She was described by Pausanias as a daughter of Pelasgus, son of Triopas, king of Argos. Hellanicus states that the sons of Poseidon and Larissa were Achaios, Phthios, and Pelasgus. These sons left Argos and arrived in Haemonia (Thessaly) where they drove out the barbarian inhabitants and divided the country into three parts, calling them, after their names, Phthiotis, Achaia and Pelasgiotis.
The horse on the reverse may reflect Thessaly’s reputation for fine cavalry men and horse breeding. The oligarchic aristocrats in each of the states were also renowned for owning fine horses.
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*Due to the unique process of hand carving coins in ancient times, there may be a few stylistic differences from the image shown. Each piece is provided with a certificate of authenticity.