Description:These are genuine silver tetrobols of Histiaia, minted on the Greek island of Euboia in 340 – 170 BC. The obverse shows the elegant head of the Nymph Histiaia, hair rolled up and wreathed. The reverse shows the Nymph Histiaia seated on the stern of a Greek galley, holding a naval standard, reflecting the islands importance as a seaport.
These tetrobols, or literally "four obol" coins were minted in the important commercial city of Histiaia, named after the Nymph, who was the local city Goddess. Histiaia was found on the Greek island of Euboia, the largest Greek island after Crete, which lies just off the eastern mainland.
The tetrobols weigh an average of about 2.3 grams and probably traded in the market place as half a drachm. These coins were minted for 170 years and were obviously a very important part of the currency used in Greece during that time. Historically, Euboia is famous as the island that Agamemnon’s fleet set sail from to Troy. During this period, the explorers of Euboia established important new trade routes for the Greeks in Sicily and Macedonia, while extending the field of western civilization.