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Macedonian Silver Tetradrachm from Mende - C.2013
Origin: Minted in Mende
Circa: 450 BC to 440 BC

Collection: Numismatics
Medium: Silver


Additional Information: SOLD

Location: United States
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Description
Obverse: Dionysus Reclining on the Back of a Donkey

Reverse: A Grape Vine with Four Grape Clusters

An ancient colony of Eretria, Mende and was situated in Pallene in the Chalkidian district of Macedonia. This coastal city served as the seaport for the larger city of Cassandrea. The god Dionysos was particularly revered by the inhabitants and was depicted on the town's coinage, and was related to Mende's primary crop, the vine, from which she produced her famous wines that were frequently noted by ancient authors.

How many hands have touched a coin in your pocket or your purse? What eras and lands have the coin traversed on its journey into our possession? As we reach into our pockets to pull out some change, we rarely hesitate to think of who touched the coin before us, or where the coin will venture to after us. More than money, coins are a symbol of the state that struck them, of a specific time and place, whether contemporary currencies or artifacts of long forgotten empires. This stunning hand-struck coin reveals an expertise of craftsmanship and intricate sculptural detail that is often lacking in contemporary machine-made currencies. This coin is a memorial an ancient city passed from the hands of civilization to civilization, from generation to generation that still appears as vibrant today as the day it was struck.
- (C.2013)

 

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