Referred to as “Cherronesos Hemidrachms,” you would think the mint location for your coin was the Greek city state of Cherronesos. But in Greek, Cherronesos means “peninsula” and was used as a place name for at least seven Greek colonies. The early lion Hemidrachms, like yours, are thought to originate from what was then Thrace, or Northern Greece, which is now part of modern-day Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey. Ancient Thrace was the site of blossoming Greek colonies at the time lion Hemidrachms were issued. Specifically, it is believed that these early issues came from the Gallipoli peninsula in what is now Turkey.
Now discovered in small hoards, the Hemidrachms of Cherronesos are some of the most treasured of all coins minted. They speak of the now distant foundations of the modern Western world. These coins are a part of the foundations of our culture that we can hold in our hands. Each is a small miracle – a precious ambassador of an ancient world that created our modern one.
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