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Thasos Satyr




Denomination:  Silver Trihemiobol                                             

 

Date:   404-350 BC

 

Description: Obverse: Satyr kneeling, holding cantharus (a stoup for holy water). Reverse: Amphora surrounded by Greek text .

 

In Greek Mythology, Satyrs were immortal creatures of the forest and hills, and symbols of natures' wealth. They had the head, arms and torso of a man, and the horns, ears and hind legs of a goat. in some versions, a horse's tail completed the physical makeup of the satyr. they were fun-loving creatures, whose favorite past-times were frolicking, drinking wine, playing reed instruments, and most especially, chasing nymphs.

 

Thrace was an ancient country of the southeastern Balkans, and included islands.  The city of Thasos, where this coin was struck, was on a rich and fertile island off of the southern coast of Thrace.  Thasos  made these coins famous. The city was important in wine trade, it possessed prolific gold mines, and also controlled rich silver mines on the mainland.  Thasos struck coins of unusually high denomination, indicating that they were meant primarily for export. Hoards of these coins are common in areas once controlled by the Persian Empire, and they have also been found in present-day Bulgaria, Syria, Egypt, and Iraq.



 
     
 
         
 
 
 
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