Also see Histiaia.
Histiaea. The first coins which can be with certainty attributed to Histiaea belong to the half-century before Alexander. It 's interesting to note that the vines which had obtained for the town, as early as Homer 's days, the epithet πολυσταφυλος occupy an important place on the coins. (R. Weil, Z. f. N., i. 183.)
|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
|Id. [Ibid., Pl. XXIV. 3-5.]||ΙΣΤΙ Bull, forepart of bull, or bull 's
head and neck; various symbols
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. |
|Id. [Ibid., Pl. XXIV. 8.]|| „ Bull 's head and neck. |
|Head of Dionysos, facing.|| „ Vine-branch. |
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
|Similar. [B. M. C., Cent. Gr., Pl. XXIV. 15, 16.]||ΙΣΤΙΑΙΕΩΝ Grapes. |
|Head of Apollo (?).|| „ Tripod. |