THRACE, SILVER STATER OF THASOS, ca. 480 BC, 9.569g. Hirmer 435. Old cabinet tone. Perfectly centered and unusually struck on a broad flan. Lovely archaic style. Choice extremely fine. Privately acquired from Tradart; The Numismatic Auction 1983 (2) lot 71
The overtly sexual displays seen on many early Greek coins can be disconcerting to the modern eye, viewing them through the lens of centuries of Christian fulminations against 'paganism' and its erotic excesses. These scenes are at their most graphic in northern Greece, showing the interplay of nymphs and satyrs. The towns and tribes of this region were only newly introduced to the 'civilizing' influences of the south, and were still close to their roots in farming and herding cultures. Their gods were not the Olympian super beings, but the spirits of nature, and the emphasis was on celebrating the fecundity of fields and flocks.
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