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Thraco-Macedonian Tribes, Lete or Siris AR Stater 525-480 BC Ancient Greek Silver Coin Satyr and Nymph Museum Reproduction CSGDS0043


Silver Greek Stater Archaic Style, Lete or Siris mint, struck 525-480 B.C. References: AMNG III/2, 14 (Lete). SNG Berry 31. SNG ANS 958. Peykov A0020. Dewing 1022. Svoronos, Hellénisme Primitif pl. VIII, 6.

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For a coinage that clearly was important in its time, and which today is known in a considerable variety of styles, it is remarkable that the mint identification is still a matter of debate. Even if we do not know where in the Thraco-Macedonian region these coins were struck, in some cases we know where they ended up since they have been found in documented hoards from Thrace, Rhodes, Syria, Jordan, Bactria, Egypt, and Southern Italy (where 18 were amongst the coins of the 1911 Taranto hoard; ICGH 1874). On the rare occasions that inscriptions are present on these coins, they seem to be retrograde and are faintly engraved, and thus are difficult to read. An apparent mis-reading in the 19th Century as ‘Letaion’ led to an enduring attribution to Lete, a Macedonian city about 15 miles north of Thessalonica. That tentative identification has been used by generations of scholars. However, more recently some authorities have come to accept Svoronos’ reading as ‘Sirinon’, the ethnic of Siris, a town in the region of Mt. Pangaeus. Kraay agreed with Svoronos’ reading, and thus associated these coins with the Satrai, a tribe also in the Pangaion region.

Obverse side
Ithyphallic satyr standing right, grasping the left arm of a nymph fleeing right with her left hand raised, head turned back

Reverse side
Diagonally divided incuse square

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

Weight 9,57 g
Dimensions 21,5 mm


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