Macedonia, Eion, Trihemiobol


Macedonia, Eion, Trihemiobol (obverse) Macedonia, Eion, Trihemiobol (reverse)

This tiny coin depicts a goose with its head reverted underneath a lizard on only 12 millimeters of diameter. The piece is a trihemiobol, a small coin worth 1 1/2 oboloi or 1/4 drachm. The trihemiobol was a coin typical for every-day-transactions; this one originated from Eion and was issued in the 5th century BC.

Eion was an important port town, advantageously located on the Thracian coast and the Strymon, a river flowing from the Thracian hinterland into the Aegean Sea. Under Athenian rule it played an important part in the Peloponnesian War (431–404 BC) between the Delian League – Athens and its allies – and the Peloponnesian League led by Sparta.


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