#10060 CELTIC SILVER Tetradrachm - 140 BC GOD of WINE !! and HERAKLES NAKED!! Great Collector Piece !! - For Sale
#10060 CELTIC SILVER Tetradrachm - 140 BC GOD of WINE !! and HERAKLES NAKED!! Great Collector Piece !!
Historical Context: This coin was minted in CELTIC Europe (Danube Valley of Modern day Austria), Circa 140 BC, copying coins of THASOS of the same period. Thasos was a Thracian Island in Northern Greece. It was famous for its gold mines, but also as a center for cult worship of Dionysos, Greek God of Wine. The island was first under the control of the Phoenicians then it fell to the Persians and finally the Greeks. Following the death of Andriscus and the organization of Macedonia into a Roman province, the output went to the Thracian mints in Maroneia and Thasos for coin production. This coin is one of those coins.
Obv: DIONYSOS, The God of Wine
Rev: HERAKLES holding a LION SKIN (over his left shoulder) and CLUB (to his right). Herakles (Roman Hercules) was the mythical son of Zeus, known for his famous labors
Diameter: 34 mm (1 3/8 in) diameter (about the size of a US SILVER DOLLAR)
Condition: Very Fine