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Anyone have a coin from Thespiae in Boeotia?


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I've had this coin for a couple of years and I've always liked its design. We don't know much about it, though, and the major references disagree about such basic items as date and who it might be on the obverse. It's a pretty coin, though. I like the lyre on the reverse. Anyone else have coins from this city?

Arsinoe III Thespiae.jpg
Greek Æ 12.5 mm, 3.37 g, 3 h.
Boeotia, Thespiae, late 3rd century BC?
Obv: Female head, right, wearing kalathos/modius/polos and veil.
Rev: ΘEΣΠI/EΩN either side of chelys (lyre); all within laurel wreath.
Refs: BMC 8.92,14-22; Sear 2461; SNG Cop 406-7; BCD Boiotia 612; Head Boeotia p. 94, pl. VI, 13.
 

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I don't have any coins from Thespiai, but a 4th century obol is on my list due to their alliance with Alexander when he razed Thebes. This one appears to come from the late 3rd century - say somewhere around 210-200 BCE. There's some speculation that the female head is that of Arsinoe III of Egypt, since Ptolemy IV made a donation to them.

The image of the lyre would make sense, since Thespiai used the money to purchase land for the Mouseia festivals. The festival grounds are still partly visible. The coinage was probably minted in appreciation for the donation.

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Not from Thespiae but a "next door Neighbor" - Thebes.

 

379-371 BC Hemidrachm Thebes, Obv Boeotian Shield, Rev. Amphora with Kantharos above, B-o I below. 2.5gm AR13mm BMC p.35, 32

379-371 BC Hemidrachm Thebes, Obv Boeotian Shield 2.5gm AR13mm BMG 32.png

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I have a coin I identified as Thespiai (although not 100% sure).

I bought it because I wanted a coin with the Boeotian shield.

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Hemidrachm AR
11 mm, 2,38 g
Federal Coinage. Hemidrachm, Boeotia, Thespiai, circa 395-340, AR 2.63 g. Boeotian shield. Rev. Cantharus; above, club and below, BO – I[Ω]. All within incuse area. Head, Boeotia p. 54. SNG Copenhagen 170. BCD Boiotia 21.

 

 

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Excellent @shanxi, I appreciate this.

The coin was bought from an auction house that doesn't fully attribute coins so I struggled a bit.

In the end the closes match I found was

 

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But your attribution is clearly on the right path, thank you.

Probably the coin is similar to this as I see no traces of the axe

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