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Histiaea
Histiaea. The first coins which can be with certainty attributed to
Histiaea belong to the half-century before Alexander. Its interesting
to note that the vines which had obtained for the town, as early as
Homers days, the epithet πολυσταφυλος occupy an important place on the
coins. (R. Weil, Z. f. N., i. 183.)
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Circ. B.C. 369-336.




Head of Maenad, wearing vine-wreath.

[B. M. C., Cent. Gr., Pl. XXIV. 1.]
ΙΣΤΙ Bull, standing before a vine with
grapes; symbol or monogram in
field. AR Dr.

Id. [Ibid., Pl. XXIV. 3-5.]
ΙΣΤΙ Bull, forepart of bull, or bull's
head and neck; various symbols
above. .6



Circ. B.C. 313-265.


The next issue of Histiaean coins probably took place after the
Euboean towns declared themselves independent in B.C. 313, but it does
not seem to have been of long duration.




Head of Maenad, with vine-wreath; her
hair in sphendone. [Zeit. f. Num., i.
p. 186; Photiades Cat., 484.]
ΙΣΤΙΑΙΕΩΝ Nymph Histiaea with her
name ΙΣΤΙΑΙΑ, seated on stern of
galley and holding a trophy-stand or
mast with yard (?) AR Octobol 89 grs.

Id. [B. M. C., Cent. Gr., Pl. XXIV. 6.]
Id., without name of nymph.
AR Tetrob. 42 grs.

Id. [Hunter Cat., Pl. XXXIII. 14.]
ΙΣΤΙ Bull standing; behind, vine. .75

Id. [Ibid., Pl. XXIV. 8.]
    Bulls head and neck. .65

Head of Dionysos, facing.
    Vine-branch. .55



Circ. B.C. 197-146, and later (?).


The silver coins of this time are remarkably abundant, and consist of
tetrobols similar in type to those of the previous century, but very
carelessly executed and varying in weight from 39 to 28 grs. The head
of the Maenad is almost identical with that on contemporaneous tetrobols
of Macedonia, struck between B.C. 185 and 168 during the reigns of
Philip V and Perseus. In the Inventory of Demares, compiled B.C.
185-180 (Bull. Corr. Hell., 1882, p. 35), these coins are called Ιστιαικα
and αργυριον Ιστιαικον. For varieties see B. M. C., Cent. Gr., Pl. XXIV.
The commonest bronze coins of this period are the following :




Head of Maenad.
ΙΣΤΙ Head and neck of bull, horns
filleted. .55

Similar. [B. M. C., Cent. Gr., Pl. XXIV.
15, 16.]
ΙΣΤΙΑΙΕΩΝ Grapes. .65

Head of Apollo (?).
    Tripod. .45



HistiaeaAlso see Histiaia.
Histiaea. The first coins which can be with certainty attributed to
Histiaea belong to the half-century before Alexander. Its interesting
to note that the vines which had obtained for the town, as early as
Homers days, the epithet πολυσταφυλος occupy an important place on the
coins. (R. Weil, Z. f. N., i. 183.)
WW
SNG B
ANS


Circ. B.C. 369-336.




Head of Maenad, wearing vine-wreath.

[B. M. C., Cent. Gr., Pl. XXIV. 1.]
ΙΣΤΙ Bull, standing before a vine with
grapes; symbol or monogram in
field. AR Dr.

Id. [Ibid., Pl. XXIV. 3-5.]
ΙΣΤΙ Bull, forepart of bull, or bull's
head and neck; various symbols
above. .6



Circ. B.C. 313-265.


The next issue of Histiaean coins probably took place after the
Euboean towns declared themselves independent in B.C. 313, but it does
not seem to have been of long duration.




Head of Maenad, with vine-wreath; her
hair in sphendone. [Zeit. f. Num., i.
p. 186; Photiades Cat., 484.]
ΙΣΤΙΑΙΕΩΝ Nymph Histiaea with her
name ΙΣΤΙΑΙΑ, seated on stern of
galley and holding a trophy-stand or
mast with yard (?) AR Octobol 89 grs.

Id. [B. M. C., Cent. Gr., Pl. XXIV. 6.]
Id., without name of nymph.
AR Tetrob. 42 grs.

Id. [Hunter Cat., Pl. XXXIII. 14.]
ΙΣΤΙ Bull standing; behind, vine. .75

Id. [Ibid., Pl. XXIV. 8.]
    Bulls head and neck. .65

Head of Dionysos, facing.
    Vine-branch. .55



Circ. B.C. 197-146, and later (?).


The silver coins of this time are remarkably abundant, and consist of
tetrobols similar in type to those of the previous century, but very
carelessly executed and varying in weight from 39 to 28 grs. The head
of the Maenad is almost identical with that on contemporaneous tetrobols
of Macedonia, struck between B.C. 185 and 168 during the reigns of
Philip V and Perseus. In the Inventory of Demares, compiled B.C.
185-180 (Bull. Corr. Hell., 1882, p. 35), these coins are called Ιστιαικα
and αργυριον Ιστιαικον. For varieties see B. M. C., Cent. Gr., Pl. XXIV.
The commonest bronze coins of this period are the following :




Head of Maenad.
ΙΣΤΙ Head and neck of bull, horns
filleted. .55

Similar. [B. M. C., Cent. Gr., Pl. XXIV.
15, 16.]
ΙΣΤΙΑΙΕΩΝ Grapes. .65

Head of Apollo (?).
    Tripod. .45