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Euboia, Eretria Extremely Rare AR Tetradrachm 525-500 BC Ancient Greek Silver Coin Bull and Octopus Museum Reproduction CSGT0027

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An Extremely Rare Silver Greek Tetradrachm Euboia, Eretria, struck 525-500 B.C. References: BCD Euboia 306 = H.A. Cahn, Griechische Münzen archaischer Zeit (Basel, 1947), 14; Traité I 1070; BMC 21; De Luynes 2020; ACGC 268. Only three known examples, and only one in private hands (the others are in the BM and BN).

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Eretria was the second city of the island of Euboea, the first being Chalcis. The cow scratching itself with its hoof on the obverse was symbolic of the cattle for which the island was famed. The octopus first appeared as a reverse type toward the end of the 6th century BC and may be regarded as the civic emblem of Eretria. Themistocles is credited with the saying of the Eretrians as “having an octopus where their heart should be.” Eretria assisted the Greek cities in the ‘Ionian Revolt’ against Persian rule in 499-494 BC, which led to revenge against the city by Darius in 490 BC.

DESIGN:
Obverse side
Bull standing left, head right, its right hind hoof raised to touch its nose; on its back, a swallow stands left; retrograde E below
Legend:
Anepigraphic

Reverse side
Octopus within shallow incuse square
Legend:
Anepigraphic

A perfect choice for Numismatists, Historians, Military Veterans, Collectors.

Weight 15,94 g
Dimensions 27,6 mm

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