Islands off Thrace, Thasos, AR Eighth Stater – Diobol, Satyr, c. 500-480 BC
City/Region:
Islands off Thrace, Thasos
Denomination:
AR Eighth Stater – Diobol
Composition:
Silver
Date:
circa 500-480 BC
Obverse:
Archaic Satyr running right
Reverse:
Quadripartite incuse square
Size:
10.97mm, 0.87g
Grade:
VF, toned, cleaning scratches on obverse, deposit and light scuff on reverse
Provenance:
ex Classical Numismatic Group eAuction 407 (11 October 2017), Lot 42; ex Cederlind 156 (30 September 2010), Lot 35
References:
Le Rider Thasiennes 4; SNG Copenhagen 191-194 (Lete in Macedon); SNG Ashmolean 3653; Rosen 144; Svoronos HPM, pl. 10, 18-20; HGC 6, 333; SGCV I -

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From the archaic period, during which the earliest greek coins were struck

Thasos (Θάσος) is the northern most island of Greece. First colonised by the Phoenicians, likely due to its gold mines, it was also well known in antiquity for its nuts, wine and marble. The Roman senator, Gaius Cassius Longinus, brother in law to Brutus and co-conspirator in the plot to assasinate Julius Caesar was buried on the island. The ancient coins of Thasos are famous for their depiction of the insatiable Satyr carrying off a protesting or struggling nymph. Lovers of wine and women, Satyrs are companions of Dionysus, the Greek god of pleasure.