3rd to 2nd centuries BC
Head of the Nymph Histiiaia right, wearing earring, necklace and vine-wreath; hair in sphendone
IΣTI - AEIΩN (retrograde), Nymph Histiaia, her hair bound with vine-wreath, right breast bare, seated right on the stern of a galley, ornamented with wing, and holding a mast with cross-piece (trophy-stand); below, ΣI and labrys (double-axe, or bipennis)
15.26mm, 2.5g, 8h
aVF, boldly struck, tight flan, splendid old cabinet tone
ex Nomos AG Obolos 10 (30 Jun 2018) Lot 122
Euboia (Euboea) is the second-largest island in Greece. Histiaia was an ancient town on the island named after the nymph of the same name, daughter of Hyrieus. The town is mentioned in Homer's Iliad as being "rich in grapes".