Coin: Tetradrachm, Thasos


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Artifact Identification Coin: Tetradrachm, Thasos   (1900.63.0015)
Classification Communication Artifacts : Exchange Media : N/A
Artist/Maker None
Geographic Location Europe, West, Greece, Thasos, Thasos
Period/Date 148-120 BCE
Culture Greek

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Diameter) 3.22 cm
Dimension 2 (Depth) .32 cm
Dimension 3 (N/A) N/A
Weight 16.56 g
Measuring Remarks None
Materials Metal
Manufacturing Processes Cast
Munsell Color Information waived

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This Greek coin is a Tetradrachm from Thasos, an island in the northern part of the Aegean Sea. It was struck in the mid-2nd century BCE. The obverse is a profile of Dionysus, Greek god of grapes and therefore wine. The reverse contains a standing Hercules leaning on his usual club. To the right of Hercules are the letters ΗΡΑΚΛΕΚΥΣ (Eta Rho Alpha Kappa Lambda Epsilon Kappa Upsilon Sigma) (the second kappa in its sometimes used Q like form). Below Hercules are the letters ΘΑΣΙΩΝ (Theta Alpha Sigma Iota Omega Nu). To the left of Hercules are the letters ΣΩΤΗΡΟΣ (Sigma Omega Tau Eta Rho Omicron Sigma). Taken all together: Hercules, the savior of the people of Thasos.

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