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Greek Coins of Thasos, Thrace

Thasos is an island off the Thracian coast. The island was important in the wine trade and also controlled rich silver mines on the mainland.


Thasos, Thrace, c. 435 - 411 B.C.

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In 477 B.C., Thasos became part of the Delian League, controlled by Athens. The Thasians revolted in 465 B.C. but the Athenians retook the island, destroyed the Thasian fleet, and the walls of the city. In 404 B.C., the Spartans occupied the island. In 393 B.C., the Athenians conquered the island again, but this time they gave Thasos its independence. Around 340, Philip II of Macedonia took control of the island, absorbed it into his Macedonian Empire and seized its mines for his own coinage. In 197 B.C., the Rome took control.
SH87349. Silver drachm, SNG Cop 1017; BMC Thrace p. 219, 31; Svoronos HPM pl. X, 23; Dewing 1324; Le Rider Thasiennes -; HGC 6 -, Choice VF, the finest classical style, well centered and struck, toned, light marks, weight 8.150 g, maximum diameter 21.1 mm, Thasos mint, 4th Type, c. 435 - 411 B.C.; obverse nude ithyphallic satyr kneeling-running right, carrying in his arms a struggling nymph, satyr bald, her hair is in a bun at the back and she wears a long chiton, her right arm is behind his back, dolphin head down (control symbol) upper right; reverse quadripartite square punch; from the collection of an artist, ex Pegasi Numismatics; rare; SOLD


Thasos, Thrace, c. 480 - 463 B.C.

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Nymphs are nature spirits who appear as beautiful, young nubile maidens. They dwell in mountains, valleys and groves, by springs and rivers, and also in trees and cool grottoes. Nymphs love to dance and sing and are the frequent target of satyrs. Satyrs are male companions of Pan and Dionysus with goat-like features, including a goat-tail, goat-like ears, and sometimes a goat-like phallus. As Dionysiac creatures, Satyrs are lovers of wine and women and ready for every physical pleasure. They are obsessed with nymphs.
SH20830. Silver stater, Le Rider Thasiennes 5; SNG Cop 1010; Rosen 142; McClean 419; Svoronos HPM p. 96, 9 and pl. X, 13-17; Dewing 1323; Kraay 520; SNG Ash 3660; HGC 6 331, nice EF, clear fresh dies, weight 8.919 g, maximum diameter 20.4 mm, Thasos mint, c. 480 - 463 B.C.; obverse nude ithyphallic satyr kneeling-running right, carrying in his arms a struggling nymph, raising her right hand in protest, both with long strait hair indicated with lines, she wears a long chiton, her palm is facing; reverse quadripartite incuse square; SOLD


Thasos, Thrace, c. 412 - 404 B.C.

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During the period when this coin was minted there was much chaos on the island. Thasos had revolted against their Athenian aggressors and was subsequently occupied by the Spartans (Lacedaemonians). In the following years Thasos was occupied by one or the other of the two opposing powers and did not regain freedom until the Battle of Cynoscephalae in 197 B.C. Only drachms were struck in this late and final issue of the satyr and nymph type. Despite the chaos of the time and the archaized punch reverse, the obverse dies were engraved in elegant fine classical style.
SH87191. Silver drachm, Le Rider Thasiennes 8; HGC 6 336 (R1); Svoronos HPM -; SNG Cop -, aEF, superb classical style, dark old cabinet toning, some die wear/rust, scattered porosity, light bumps and marks, weight 3.438 g, maximum diameter 16.7 mm, Thasos mint, 5th type, c. 412 - 404 B.C.; obverse nude ithyphallic satyr kneeling-running right, carrying in his arms a struggling nymph, he is balding and is crowned with an ivy wreath, her hair is rolled and she wears a long chiton, her right arm is behind his back; reverse pebbled quadripartite square punch; ex Shanna Schmidt Numismatics; ex Nomos AG, obolos 8 (2 Dec 2017), lot 157; ex W. F. Stoecklin Collection, Amriswil, Switzerland; ex Bank Leu, Zurich (prior to 1975); rare, last satyr and nymph type, final issue struck only as a drachm!; SOLD


Thasos, Thrace, c. 525/510 - 500 B.C.

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Nymphs are nature spirits who appear as beautiful, young nubile maidens. They dwell in mountains, valleys and groves, by springs and rivers, and also in trees and cool grottoes. Nymphs love to dance and sing and are the frequent target of satyrs. Satyrs are male companions of Pan and Dionysus with goat-like features, including a goat-tail, goat-like ears, and sometimes a goat-like phallus. As Dionysiac creatures, Satyrs are lovers of wine and women and ready for every physical pleasure. They are obsessed with nymphs.
GA87297. Silver stater, Le Rider Thasiennes 1; Svoronos HPM p. 95, 1 and pl. X, 2; SNG Cop 1007; BMC Thrace p. 216, 1; Rosen 141; Dewing 1311; HGC 6 331, VF, lumpy thick fabric, crowded flan, archaic style, toned, tiny edge cracks, weight 9.785 g, maximum diameter 19.6 mm, Thasos mint, 1st type, c. 525/510 - 500 B.C.; obverse nude ithyphallic satyr kneeling-running right, carrying in his arms a struggling nymph, raising her right hand in protest, both with long strait hair indicated with dots, she wears a long chiton, her right hand raised between them; reverse quadripartite square/swastika incuse punch; ex Praefectus Coins, very rare, earliest type!; SOLD


Thasos, Thrace, c. 480 - 463 B.C.

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Nymphs are nature spirits who appear as beautiful, young nubile maidens. They dwell in mountains, valleys and groves, by springs and rivers, and also in trees and cool grottoes. Nymphs love to dance and sing and are the frequent target of satyrs. Satyrs are male companions of Pan and Dionysus with goat-like features, including a goat-tail, goat-like ears, and sometimes a goat-like phallus. As Dionysiac creatures, Satyrs are lovers of wine and women and ready for every physical pleasure. They are obsessed with nymphs.
GA82659. Silver stater, Le Rider Thasiennes 5; SNG Cop 1010; Rosen 142; McClean 419; Svoronos HPM p. 96, 9 and pl. X, 13-17; Dewing 1323; Kraay 520; SNG Ash 3660; HGC 6 331, Choice aVF, charming style, well centered, nicely toned, some flatness (as typical for the type), light marks, small edge cracks, weight 8.642 g, maximum diameter 21.3 mm, Thasos mint, c. 480 - 463 B.C.; obverse obverse nude ithyphallic satyr kneeling-running right, carrying in his arms a struggling nymph, raising her right hand in protest, both with long strait hair indicated with lines, she wears a long chiton, her palm is facing; reverse quadripartite incuse square; ex Leu Numismatics, web auction 3 (25 Feb 2018), lot 134 (from an American collection); SOLD


Thasos, Thrace, c. 480 - 463 B.C.

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Nymphs are nature spirits who appear as beautiful, young nubile maidens. They dwell in mountains, valleys and groves, by springs and rivers, and also in trees and cool grottoes. Nymphs love to dance and sing and are the frequent target of satyrs. Satyrs are male companions of Pan and Dionysus with goat-like features, including a goat-tail, goat-like ears, and sometimes a goat-like phallus. As Dionysiac creatures, Satyrs are lovers of wine and women and ready for every physical pleasure. They are obsessed with nymphs.
GA27014. Silver stater, Le Rider Thasiennes 5; SNG Cop 1010; Rosen 142; McClean 419; Svoronos HPM p. 96, 9 and pl. X, 13-17; Dewing 1323; Kraay 520; SNG Ash 3660; HGC 6 331, gVF, weight 8.719 g, maximum diameter 21.5 mm, Thasos mint, c. 480 - 463 B.C.; obverse nude ithyphallic satyr kneeling-running right, carrying in his arms a struggling nymph, raising her right hand in protest, both with long strait hair indicated with lines, she wears a long chiton, her palm is facing; reverse quadripartite incuse square; SOLD


Thasos, Islands off Thrace, 168 - 148 B.C.

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Thasian wine was quite famous in antiquity, which explains why the obverse of this type depicts the head of the wine god Dionysos. Herakles on the reverse had most ancient origins. Thasos was first colonized at an early date by Phoenicians, they founded a temple to the god Melqart. The temple still existed in the time of Herodotus (c. 484 - 425 B.C.). The Greeks identified Melqart as "Tyrian Heracles" and his cult was merged with Heracles in the course of the island's Hellenization.
SH56044. Silver tetradrachm, Prokopov Thasos, group V, 60 (O E4 / R 54); SNG Cop 1039; SNG Ashmolean 3677, Choice VF, weight 16.870 g, maximum diameter 32.5 mm, die axis 0o, Thasos mint, 168 - 148 B.C.; obverse head of Dionysos right, wearing taenia and wreathed in flowering ivy; reverse HPAKΛEOYΣ ΣΩTHPOΣ ΘAΣIΩN, Herakles standing half left, nude but for Nemean lion's skin on left arm, resting right hand on grounded club before him, left hand on hip, M monogram inner left; SOLD


Thasos, Thrace, c. 500 - 480 B.C.

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Nymphs are nature spirits who appear as beautiful, young nubile maidens. They dwell in mountains, valleys and groves, by springs and rivers, and also in trees and cool grottoes. Nymphs love to dance and sing and are the frequent target of satyrs. Satyrs are male companions of Pan and Dionysus with goat-like features, including a goat-tail, goat-like ears, and sometimes a goat-like phallus. As Dionysiac creatures, Satyrs are lovers of wine and women and ready for every physical pleasure. They are obsessed with nymphs.
SH13515. Silver stater, Le Rider Thasiennes 2; SNG Cop 1008; BMC Thrace p. 216, 2; McClean 4195; Svoronos HPM pl. X, 7; Dewing 1312; HGC 6 331, VF, weight 8.050 g, maximum diameter 19.7 mm, Thasos mint, c. 500 - 480 B.C.; obverse nude ithyphallic satyr kneeling-running right, carrying in his arms a struggling nymph, raising her right hand in protest, both with long strait hair indicated with dots, she wears a long chiton, her arm fingers and thumb forming a Y shape; reverse quadripartite incuse square; SOLD


Thasos, Thrace, c. 500 - 480 B.C.

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Nymphs are nature spirits who appear as beautiful, young nubile maidens. They dwell in mountains, valleys and groves, by springs and rivers, and also in trees and cool grottoes. Nymphs love to dance and sing and are the frequent target of satyrs. Satyrs are male companions of Pan and Dionysus with goat-like features, including a goat-tail, goat-like ears, and sometimes a goat-like phallus. As Dionysiac creatures, Satyrs are lovers of wine and women and ready for every physical pleasure. They are obsessed with nymphs.
GA27181. Silver stater, Le Rider Thasiennes 2; SNG Cop 1008; BMC Thrace p. 216, 2; McClean 4195; Svoronos HPM pl. X, 7; Dewing 1312; HGC 6 331, VF, well centered, toned, porous, weight 9.218 g, maximum diameter 21.1 mm, Thasos mint, c. 500 - 480 B.C.; obverse nude ithyphallic satyr kneeling-running right, carrying in his arms a struggling nymph, raising her right hand in protest, both with long strait hair indicated with dots, she wears a long chiton, her arm fingers and thumb forming a Y shape; reverse quadripartite incuse square; SOLD


Thasos, Thrace, c. 480 - 463 B.C.

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Nymphs are nature spirits who appear as beautiful, young nubile maidens. They dwell in mountains, valleys and groves, by springs and rivers, and also in trees and cool grottoes. Nymphs love to dance and sing and are the frequent target of satyrs. Satyrs are male companions of Pan and Dionysus with goat-like features, including a goat-tail, goat-like ears, and sometimes a goat-like phallus. As Dionysiac creatures, Satyrs are lovers of wine and women and ready for every physical pleasure. They are obsessed with nymphs.
SH32833. Silver stater, Le Rider Thasiennes 5; SNG Cop 1010; Rosen 142; McClean 419; Svoronos HPM p. 96, 9 and pl. X, 13-17; Dewing 1323; Kraay 520; SNG Ash 3660; HGC 6 331, gVF, weight 8.100 g, maximum diameter 19.9 mm, die axis 0o, Thasos mint, c. 480 - 463 B.C.; obverse obverse nude ithyphallic satyr kneeling-running right, carrying in his arms a struggling nymph, raising her right hand in protest, both with long strait hair indicated with lines, she wears a long chiton, her palm is facing; reverse quadripartite incuse square; SOLD




  




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