Part 9 of Ursula Kampmann's Numismatic diary of a journey throughout Greece was published in this week's CoinsWeekly. Her diary is a very interesting and well-illustrated account of her journey with lots of numismatic details included. I couldn't resist publishing images of these great coins. Such faces! Be sure to read the complete article - this is just a tiny excerpt.
We took quarters near Kavala. As we know from inscription finds, ancient Neapolis was situated there once, most probably built by Thasos.
Neapolis. Obol, c. 525-490. Gorgoneion. Rev. Foud-field Quadratum Incusum. From auction Lanz 149 (2010), 101.
We know of many coinages of Macedonian Neapolis so that the idea of a city, being member of the Athenian Alliance with a tribute of only 1,000 drachmai – only a fraction of what Akanthos (18,000 drachmai) or even Terone (36,000 drachmai) were obliged to pay – seems astonishing. Perhaps this modest tribute was the reason why Neapolis was on Athens’ side during the Peloponnesian War and was still loyal to Athens in the conflicts with Philipp II. The Macedonian king conquered the city in 355.
Neapolis. Triobol, late 5th-4th cent. Gorgoneion. Rev. City nymph. From auction Lanz 151 (2011), 346
To read the complete article, see:
Numismatic diary of a journey throughout Greece, part 9
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