Thrace, Abdere (c. 411/10-386/5 BC), Silver Stater

Thrace, Abdere (c. 411/10-386/5 BC), Silver Stater
ABΔH, Griffin seated left, its wings slightly spread, a cicada on left

EΠIΦIΛA / ΔOΣ, Herakles seated facing three-quarters to left on a rock draped with a lion's skin, his torso and head turned facing, he hold a club in his right hand that rests on his right knee, and he rests his left elbow on his thigh, all within a shallow incuse square

The figure of Herakles on the reverse of this coin is considered to be one of the finest depictions of him in greek coinage. The composition, although showing him at rest, clearly illustrates his power and strength. The Griffin on the obverse is shown as if it is at the moment of landing, as its wings are slightly open giving the impression that they are still lightly fluttering.

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