Thebes Pendant - 200 BCE - Beotian Shield - Ancient Greek Coin in 14k gold

Denomination: AR Hemidrachm 

Description: AR Hemidrachm silver coin mounted in 14k gold with garnet detail on sides. Front facing side shows letters "BO-I", with crescent moon facing left across field. A large wine cup, or "kantharos" is set off-center, with a club facing right, floating above. The Reverse shows a Boeotian shield (pronounced "Be-ocean"), off-center but well-pronounced. 

History: The Boeotian shield was a primary weapon of defense for ancient Greek warriors. It's lengthy size protected the wearer from chin to knee, and was typically worn on the left arm. A handle and grip on the inside of the shield allowed the wearer to gain protection with a swift rotation of the left elbow, and created space between warrior and opponent. Typically, this weapon was paired with a lengthy spear-like weapon called an asp, which was held in the right hand for both protection and wound infliction. The Boeotian shield is easily identified by its semicircular indentations at the middle of the shield. 

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