ISLANDS off THRACE, Thasos. Circa 500-463 BC. Stater (Silver, 22mm, 8.76 g). Nude ithyphallic Satyr moving right in the archaic ‘running-kneeling’ position, holding a nymph in his arms, who wears thin robes and raises her right hand in protest. Rev. Quadripartite incuse square of windmill form. Asyut 104. Le Rider, Thasiennes 2. Attractive dark toning. Some scuffs and scratches, otherwise, very fine.
From a Swiss collection, formed prior to 2005.
The coinage of Thasos in the first half of the 5th century must have been enormous: they appear all over the eastern Mediterranean area and are found as far east as Afghanistan. The coins were made in order to utilize the silver from Island’s mines: not only were the coins used to pay expenses, they were also a convenient way to export bullion. The scene on the obverse refers to the Dionysiac revels that accompanied the Island’s other great speciality, the wine for which the Island was also famous.