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ID:     862671
Type:     Greek
Region:     THRACE
City:     Thracian Chersonesos
Issuer:     Cherronesos
Date Ruled:     Circa 386-338 BC
Metal:     Silver
Denomination:     Hemidrachm
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     BC Circa 386-338
Diameter:     12 mm
Weight:     2.29 g
Die Axis:     6 h
Obverse Description:     Forepart of lion right, head left
Reverse Description:     Quadripartite incuse square with alternating raised and sunken quarters; monogram and pellet in upper sunken quarter; kerykeion in lower sunken quarter
Primary Reference:     McClean -
Reference2:     SNG Cop -
Reference3:     BMC 29 cf. (bee)
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Grade:     Good VF
Notes:     Rare symbol. Like many other Greek city-states, the city of Chersonesos was built on a site from which it could exploit the military or economic advantages of its location. Located on a peninsula extending from Europe into the Aegean on the west and the Dardanelles on the east, its name derives from the ancient Greek word for peninsula. Little is known about this city, apart from its coinage. Two cities grew up nearby. Of the one, Agora (Malagra?), little is known. The other, called Kallipolis, or “Beautiful City,” was made famous, first as the first foothold of the Ottoman advance into Europe, and later as Gallipoli, the site of the famous ANZAC invasion of 1916.