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    THRACIAN ISLANDS. Thasos. Ca. 525-465 BC. AR stater (21mm, 9.36 gm). NGC Choice VF 5/5 - 5/5. Nude ithyphallic satyr running right, carrying nymph dressed in flowing chiton, who raises right hand in protest / Quadripartite incuse square. Dewing 1316. Le Rider, Thasiennes 2. McClean 4195. Lovely, smooth metal and choice toning.

    Ex Goldberg 59, (30 May 2010), 2110.

    The iconography of these coins is sometimes described as a satyr ravishing a nymph. Given the importance of the cult of Dionysus to Thrace, a more likely explanation is that the two mythological figures are engaged in a ritualistic Dionysian dance. 


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