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  Metal Type:  14k Gold
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Lion of Thrace




Denomination:  AR Silver Hemidrachm                

Date:  circa 350-400 BC


Description:  

Obverse: Forepart lion, looking back over its shoulder. Reverse: quadripartite incuse square


The lion, the King of Beasts, was used prominently on ancient coins from the very inception of coinage, between 650 and 600 BC. These coins were minted in Thracian Cherronesos (AKA Chersonese) about 400-350 BC. Thrace was just north and east of Macedonia on the Aegean Sea. Greek Colonists settled this area during the 8th and 7th centuries BC. The interior areas were primarily populated by the indigenous tribes. They became partially Hellenized by contact with the Greeks. Their contact with the Greeks was mainly in the form of trade. They had significant silver mines available and struck coins for mainly for trade purposes. Their coinage often depicted scenes "close to nature," which explains the Lion motif of the obverse and many of the reverse symbols, which range from lizards and bees to grains and grapes.



 

 

 
     
 
         
 
 
 
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