Thebes Pendant - 200 BCE - 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, 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 a by its semicircular indentations at the middle of the shield. 

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