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Superb Greek Silver Stater from Thebes with Shield and Volute Krater

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Greek: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1321972
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This superb quality ancient Greek coin was minted in Thebes, and dates circa 371-338 B.C. This coin is approximately 23 mm wide, weighs 12.1 gms, and is in Superb condition, i.e. good Extremely Fine condition (EF+/EF+). This coin also has exceptional centering, and a beautiful natural light gray patina. This coin features on the obverse a "Boeotian" type shield that is oval in shape and has small cut-outs at the sides. This shield type first appeared circa 650 B.C., and is also featured on early Greek Attic ceramics. The "Boeotian" type shield was also a smaller sized type that was derived from the much larger "Dipylon" type shield, which is thought to have covered and protected the entire body. The reverse of this coin features a Greek bronze volute krater, and there is Greek lettering seen to the left and right. This Greek lettering is also thought to represent the magistrate who minted this particular issue. The detailed Greek bronze volute krater also has elaborate raised handles, detailed beading along the rim, an egg-and-dart pattern that runs around the upper shoulder of the vessel, and a raised stem base. The image of the volute krater seen on this coin is also more detailed than most examples of this Theban coin type. A coin with nice eye appeal. BMC 111. SNG Copenhagen 314. Ex: Harlan Berk collection, circa 1980's. I certify that this piece is authentic as to date, culture, and condition: