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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Greece| > |Thessaly| > SH08266
Thebai, Thessaly, Greece, 302 - 286 B.C.
|Thessaly|, |Thebai,| |Thessaly,| |Greece,| |302| |-| |286| |B.C.|, The famous sanctuary of Protesilaos was about ten miles from Thebai, at Phylake. An oracle had prophesied that the first Greek to walk on the land after stepping off a ship in the Trojan War would be the first to die. Protesilaos was the first who dared to leap ashore when the fleet touched the Troad. After killing four men, Protesilaos was slain by Hector, as prophesied, the first Greek to die.
SH08266. Silver hemidrachm, SNG Cop 259, BCD Thessaly I 1347, BCD Thessaly II 758 - 759, HGC 4 30 (R1), F, Thebai Phthiotides (north of Mikrothivai, Greece) mint, weight 2.37g, maximum diameter 15.3mm, die axis 0o, 302 - 286 B.C.; obverse head of Demeter right, veiled and wreathed in grain; reverse ΘHBAIΩN, Protesilaos advancing right from the prow of a galley right behind him, wearing crested Corinthian helmet and military garb, sword in right hand, shield on left arm; rare; SOLD











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