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Euboia, Histiaia, AR Tetrobol, SI and Labrys symbols, 3rd to 2nd centuries BC

325.00 AUD

Origin:
Euboia, Histiaia
Denomination:
AR Tetrobol
Composition:
Silver
Date:
3rd to 2nd centuries BC
Obverse:
Head of the Nymph Histiiaia right, wearing earring, necklace and vine-wreath; hair in sphendone
Reverse:
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)
Size:
15.26mm, 2.5g, 8h
Grade:
aVF, boldly struck, tight flan, splendid old cabinet tone
Provenance:
ex Nomos AG Obolos 10 (30 Jun 2018) Lot 122
Reference:
BMC Central Greece p. 130, 64; BCD Euboia 392; HGC 4, 1524; SNG Copenhagen -; SNG Alpha Bank -
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".
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