Celtic Eastern Europe. Imitation of Thasos. c. 1st century BC

Celtic Eastern Europe. Imitation of Thasos. c. 1st century BC

1,250.00

AR Tetradrachm, 16.80g (33mm, 12h). Dionysus facing r. / Hercules standing.

Pedigree: Ex CNG Sale 47, 16 Sept 1998, lot 26

References: Göbl/Class II

Grade: Slightly bent flan. Good Fine (gk1292)

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A wonderful description of these coins can be found in a catalog from the now defunct Leu Numismatics (Auction 83, 6-7 May 2002, p. 144). I will copy it in its entirety here: “The Thracian imitations of the late tetradrachms of Thasos (the originals were struck from c. 146 until the early 1st century; imitations began at the end of the 2nd century and continued through the 1st) are among the most bizarre of all Balkan imitations of Greek coins. The first pieces struck were fairly reasonable copies of the originals, bearing correctly inscribed legends and monograms, while the later ones become ever more bizarre: the legends can turn into rays or pellets, the head of Dionysus can lose its neck and extend its long locks into what seem to be legs (like the monstrous creature, the gryllos), and the standing Herakles on the reverse can go through a variety of permutations”.