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Le Rider Thasiennes

Le Rider, G. "Les monnaies Thasiennes" in Guide de Thasos, (Paris, 1968), pp. 185 - 191, pls. I - V.

Coins of Thasos.

In French, translation of the beginning below:

The coinage of Thasos begins in the second half of the sixth century, perhaps around 525 B.C. It is known that the Thasians, on their island and their mainland possessions, had at their disposal many precious metal mines (see [Guide de Thasos] p. 75).

First group: ca. 525-463: pl. I, nos 1-5

According to the general opinion, the first Thasian coinage consists of silver issues of the two types of coins shown pl. I, 1-5. It has been sometimes, but with less success, to assign to Thasos pieces of electrum (Svoronos HPM, pp. 201-204). The silver coins of this period have a reverse incuse punch, most often in the shape of a swastika. On the obverse, the staters and drachms (nos. 1-3, 5) show a naked, bearded, ithyphallic, satyr (on No. 5 with horse ears), removing a nymph with strong resistance, indicated in particular by the gesture of her right arm. The smaller denomination (no. 4) represent a solitary satyr, this time with a horse tail. The type of satyr was dear to the Thasians (see nos. 26-27), as evidenced by the famous sculpture of one of the city's gates (see [Guide de Thasos] page 58). As for the scene of the abduction, it recalls other Thraco-Macedonian coin types with a nymph struggling with Silenos, or a satyr, or a centaur (from the Orreskians, Zaieleis, and Leteens). Similarly, the weights of these Thasian coins, although they are irregular (No. 1: 9.76 g, No. 2: 9.26 g, No. 5: 8.94 g) and therefore difficult to interpret, seem to follow the standard used in many Thraco-Macedonian cities of that time (see the metrological table prepared by Svoronos HPM, pp. 283 ff.)....