ATHENES. Titre de 10 Actions de F200. blue, black, yellow. #100000. No 9213. Many pin-holes, damaged right border, folds and generally somewhat worn condition. Text in Greek and French. Company name in English: "the Lavrion Metallurgical Co.". Lavrion lies on the coast, east of Athens. After the battle of Marathon, Themistoclespersuaded the Athenians to devote the anticipated revenue derived from a major silver vein strike in the mines of Lavrion circa 483 BC to expanding the Athenian fleet to 200 triremes, and thus laid the foundation of the Athenian naval power. Towards theend of the 5th century BC, the output fell, but the mines continued to be worked ; Strabo records that in his time the tailings were being worked over, and Pausanias speaks of the mines as a thing of the past. The mines were reworked in the 19th and early 20th century by French and Greek companies, but mainly for lead, manganese and cadmium. Vignette of the mines and the port and bay of Lavrion. This company was founded in 1873, and this 1892 issue has not been offered by us before.
Themes: GOLD & SILVER MINING, METAL & ENGINEERING, MINES (no gold, silver, coal)
Date: 30 Sept. 1892
Startprice: € 100