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    Griffin, Guardian of Wealth

    THRACE. Abdera. Ca. 346-336 BC. AR stater (24mm, 11.66 gm, 6h).  Pausanias, magistrate. Griffin crouching left, raising forepaw; EΠI above, ΠAYΣANI[Ω] in exergue / ABΔHPI-TEΩN, laureate head of Apollo right, all within shallow incuse square. May, Abdera 467 (A310/P371). AMNG II 139. SNG Ashmolean 3490 (same obverse die). A splendid example, well struck in fresh metal from dies of excellent style. NGC  Choice AU? 5/5 - 5/5, Fine Style.

    From The California Collection. Ex Triton XIII (New York, 5 January 2010), lot 84. 

    Abdera was located the Thracian mainland, opposite the island of Thasos, and derived great wealth from the nearby silver mines and trade between the Greeks and Odrysian Kingdom. Its symbol, the legendary griffin, was known as a guardian of great treasures. This magnificent silver stater depicts a powerful and majestic griffin in superb detail, including features derived from other animals -- the beak, wings, and talons of an eagle, ears and neck of a horse, and the body of a lion. The young Apollo depicted on the reverse in similarly fine style recalls the gold coins of the nearby Macedonian Kingdom, which brought Abdera under its yoke in 350 BC. 


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