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ID:     720671
Type:     Greek
Region:     BOEOTIA
City:     Thespiae
Metal:     Silver
Denomination:     Hemiobol
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     BC Early-mid 4th century
Weight:     0.37 g
Obverse Description:     Half Boeotian shield
Reverse Legend:     ΘΕS
Reverse Description:     Horizontal crescent facing downward; star of eight rays within; ΘΕΣ below; all within incuse circle
Primary Reference:     BCD Boiotia 603
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Grade:     VF, toned, porous
Notes:     Sale: CNG 72, Lot: 671 Extremely rare, the third known. From the BCD Collection.At Thespiai, as is the case with Tanagra, anything silver below the value of an obol seems to have been a rather scarce commodity. Apparently the plentiful shield/trident bronzes, valued one chalkous each (see Picard, "L'Antre Corycien," BCH IX [1984], p. 288, 43-46), served the needs of the locals better than the minuscule silver fractions which could easily be lost or broken. But these bronzes, which were struck in the name of the Boeotians, were issued after 338 BC. This means that, earlier in the 4th century, Tanagra, Thespiai, and the other Boeotian cities, with the exception perhaps of Orchomenos which had its own bronze (see lot 225 above), must have used mostly Theban silver and bronze for their small change.