Lot 110. Islands off Thrace, Thasos. Ca. 500-480 B.C. AR drachm.
Islands off Thrace, Thasos. Ca. 500-480 B.C. AR drachm (15 mm, 2.05 g). Satyr advancing right, carrying off protesting nymph / Quadripartite incuse square. Le Rider 3; SNG Copenhagen 1014. Rough surfaces. Very fine.
From the Expatriate Collection.
This coinage was struck around the time of the Ionian Revolt (499-493 B.C.), which also drew in many cities of Thrace. In 493 B.C., Histiaios, the defeated tyrant of Miletos, attempted to seize Thasos by force, but was repelled. Realizing that there was more trouble to come, the Thasians poured their mining revenues into the construction of a war fleet and strengthening their walls. Unfortunately, they were no match for the Persians, who compelled them to give up their ships and tear down the walls.
The Expatriate Collection
Expatriate comes from the Latin roots ex-, ""away from,"" and patria, ""one's native country."" The Expatriate Collection was formed by an American who has lived abroad for nearly fourteen years in Japan, Europe, Canada, and the Middle East. His collection was formed almost exclusively while living outside the United States.