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NGC XF THRACE, CHERSONESOS Hemidrachm
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Circa 480-350 BC.
Silver Hemidrachm (12 mm, 2.38g).
Obv: Forepart of lion right with raised right paw and head turned back.
Rev: Quadripartite incuse square with alternating raised and sunken quarters, pellets in quarters.
Reference: SNG Copenhagen 824-6 v.
Comments On This Specimen: EF, choice fine styled example with all the lion on the flan.
Located on the Thracian peninsula on the northern border of the Hellespont (today’s Dardanelles), the strait leading from the Aegean Sea to Propontis (today’s Sea of Marmara) and the Euxine Pontus (today’s Black Sea) – now called Gallipoli Peninsula.
The Thracian Chersonese was originally inhabited by Thracians. Settlers from Ancient Greece The Athenian, mainly of Ionian and Aeolian stock, founded about 12 cities on the peninsula in the 7th century BC. statesman Miltiades the Elder founded a major Athenian colony there around 560 BC. He took authority over the entire peninsula, building up its defenses against incursions from the mainland. It eventually passed to his nephew, the more famous Miltiades the Younger, around 524 BC. The peninsula was abandoned to the Persians in 493 BC. after the outbreak of the Greco-Persian Wars (499-478 BC).
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