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A silver obol or trihemiobol of Thasos showing a tailed satyr and a volute krater Coin Type: Silver obol or trihemiobol of Thasos in Thrace, 411-350 BCE
Mint and Date: Thasos, 411-350 BCE
Size and Weight: 12mm, 0.70g
Obverse: Tailed and bearded satyr running left, holding kantharos out at waist level in right hand.
Reverse: Volute krater with legend to right and left, all within an incuse square.
Ref: GCV 1755
Provenance: Aegean Numismatics (Vcoins), April 2008.
BW Ref: 004 037 126
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Note 1: This example is rather small and light to be a typical trihemiobol, and may possibly be an obol.

Note 2: This note about the volute krater is from a post by Patricia Lawrence on the Forum Classical Numismatics Discussion Board:

"Kraters (...) had flat lids that kept flies and dirt out, that lay on top of their rims, not fitted lids like amphoras. An early volute krater is the François Vase. By the 5cBC, especially the bronze ones which are wealthy/ceremonial/funerary--and the representation on the Thasian coins is of a fancy bronze volute krater: note, too, that it probably was sanctuary or public property inasmuch as it remains exactly the same type on the later coins that someone else posted."

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