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Macedonia, Eion, Trihemiobol

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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 (431404 BC) between the Delian League Athens and its allies and the Peloponnesian League led by Sparta.

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