Danube Basin: AR tetradrachm imitating Thasos – Stylized Dionysos/Stylized Herakles – Göbl Class V – EF

Ancient Coins - Danube Basin: AR tetradrachm imitating Thasos – Stylized Dionysos/Stylized Herakles – Göbl Class V – EF
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Danube Basin: AR tetradrachm imitating Thasos, ca. 1st Cent. BC, 15.85gm, 33.7mm.  Obv: Stylized head of Dionysos right.  Rev: Stylized Herakles with club and lion's skin replaced by dots, surrounded by legend replaced by dots.  Göbl OTA Class V; cf. Lukanc 1699.  EF, deliberately bent post strike (as is often the case for these tetradrachms imitating Thasos - see note below).

A great many of these tetradrachms imitating Dionysos/Herakles issues of Thasos have been found with struck flans which were deliberately bent after striking.  It is not known whether this was done for some practical or perhaps some religious/mystical reason.


Although frequently described as "Celts," the people who minted the many types of fanciful Thasos imitation tetradrachms, of which this type represents one class, were probably Thracian, not Celtic.  It is likely that the designs of their Celtic neighbors heavily influenced the Thracian celators, however.
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