Ancient Greece Lion Silver Hemidrachm 400 BC Pendant - One of the World's Oldest Coins | Artifact #3201

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A Treasure of Ancient Greece, the Glittering Lion Hemidrachm

Please Note: This is an authentic Ancient Greek Treasure Coin, and you will receive the exact pendant in the photographs and description.

One of the earliest Greek city state coins minted, the diminutive silver Cherronesos Hemidrachm is a rare survivor of Ancient Greece’s Archaic Period. Minted with a running lion looking back over his shoulder on one side, and what is called a quadripartite incuse square (a pattern of four squares) on the other, it is one of the finest examples of early coin art.

Your Ancient Greek Hemidrachm

  • Denomination: Hemidrachm
  • Date: 400 - 338 BC
  • Obverse (Front): The forepart of a Lion Looking Back
  • Reverse (Back): A quadripartite incuse square (a pattern of four squares)
  • Coin Metal: Silver
  • Bezel Metal: Proprietary, Non-Tarnishing Sterling Silver
  • Articulating Bail Interior Diameter: Will accommodate chain or leather necklace up to 5.8 mm
  • Pendant Size: 1/2” Across, 1” Tall

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.

Your Ancient Greek Coin Pendant comes with:

  1. Our 100% Authentic Lifetime Guarantee
  2. A Detailed, Multi-Page Certificate of Authenticity Researched and Written by April Knecht
  3. Treasure Hunters Gazette Booklet
  4. A Gift Box
  5. A Treasure Jewelry Care Card