A pair of Thracian bronze coins (ca. 400 - 380 BCE) set in silver earrings
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Thrace, Maroneia mint. The obverse depicting a prancing horse with a monogram below, reverse depicting legend around square frame enclosing a grapevine. Set in silver drop earrings.
Bordering the Aegean Sea on the northern coast of Greece, Maroneia was an ancient city in the province of Thrace, bordered by Macedonia to the west, the Aegean Sea to the south, and the Black Sea to the east. Maroneia was famous for its renowned wine and exported it throughout the ancient world along with other goods such as minerals, crops, gold, and silver.
The prancing horses featured on many coins from Thrace reflect the importance of horse breeding to the area. These bronze coins were amongst the earliest minted in the Greek Empire and were used as prominent currency until Phillip II of Macedonia conquered Thrace.
Dimensions: Height: 1 inch (2.54 cm), Weight: 5.5 g
Condition: Intact and in good condition overall.
Provenance: Ex. private collection of S.H., Washington state, acquired in the early 2000's.