Thrace, Istros, AR Trihemiobol, Z Control Mark, Late 5th-4th centuries BC
City/Region:
Thrace, Istros
Denomination:
AR Triemiobol (1/4 Drachm)
Composition:
Silver
Date:
late 5th-4th centuries BC
Obverse:
Two young male heads facing, side by side, the left upright, the right inverted
Reverse:
[IΣT]PIH, Sea-eagle grasping dolphin, which it attacks with its beak; below tail, Z control mark
Size:
11.74mm, 1.60g, (relative to obverse position in photo)
Grade:
aEF, well struck, darkly-toned
Provenance:
ex Classical Numismatic Group eAuction 412 (17 January 2018), Lot 51
References:
AMNG I/I 447; SNG Budapest 46; SNG Copenhagen 200 var. (monogram); HGC 3, 1805.; SGCV I 1670 var. (no control mark); SNG BM Black Sea -; SNG Stancomb -;

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The finest Istros hemiobol we have enountered, this coin is in exceptional condition for its type; it surpasses all other examples in online auction archives.

Istros was a Milesian Colony which produced a large volume of silver coins during the first half of the 4th century, indicating that it was a place of significant commerce.