Thracian Celtic Greek Silver Tetradrachm of Thasos - 100 BC

Ancient Coins - Thracian Celtic Greek Silver Tetradrachm of Thasos - 100 BC
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A silver tetradrachm minted by the Thracians to imitate a famous Greek coin type, dating to the late 2nd to early 1st Century BC.


The obverse showing a heavily stylised head of Dionysos, god of wine. He is shown facing right, his hair wreathed with ivy and with band across forehead.


The reverse with a highly abstract depiction of the divine hero Herakles. A series of high relief dots surround, mimicking the legend that can be found on Greek coins of this type, the original meaning of which was:


HRAKLEOUS SWTHROS QASIWN


"Herakles, Savior of Thasos"

This curious coin was produced by the mint of one of the indigenous Thracian tribes around the 1st Century BC. The iconography used on this coin is copied from the famous tetradrachms produced by the Greeks of Thasos, an island off the coast of Thrace.


While the original designs produced by the Thasians were often refined works of Hellenistic art, the pieces issued by their Thracian neighbours are far more lively and devolved. The Thracian coins represent a very different, abstract, almost Cubist style that is now rightly appreciated as a distinct art form.



Diameter: 31.60 mm.


Weight: 15.30 g.



Provenance:


Swiss private collection, purchased from Bank Leu, Zürich.

Ancient Coins - Thracian Celtic Greek Silver Tetradrachm of Thasos - 100 BC
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