Islands off Thrace, Thasos, AR Sixteenth Stater – Obol, Dolphins, c. 500-480 BC
City/Region:
Islands off Thrace, Thasos
Denomination:
AR Sixteenth Stater – Obol
Composition:
Silver
Date:
circa 500-480 BC
Obverse:
Two dolphins swimming in opposite directions; above and below, pellets
Reverse:
Quadripartite incuse square
Size:
8.52mm, 0.50g
Grade:
aVF, toned, light porosity
Provenance:
ex Classical Numismatic Group eAuction 407 (11 October 2017), Lot 45
References:
Le Rider Thasiennes 9; SNG Copenhagen 1020; HGC 6, 337; cf. Svoronos HPM, pl. 10, 24; SGCV I -

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Dates back to 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.