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Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Greece| > |Phokis| > GB49610
Phokis, Greece, Phokian League Federal Coinage, 357 - 354 B.C.
Phocis was mainly pastoral. The twenty-two confederate Phocian towns held their periodic synedrion (assembly) in a building called Phokikon, near Daulis, and here, perhaps, rather than at any one of the Phocian towns, the federal mint may have been established. Money would be issued at this mint only on the occasions of the meetings of the synedrion, when it may be supposed that a concourse of people from all parts of the Phocian territory was gathered together, and that a fair or market was held for the exchange and purchase of commodities, as at Delphi during the Pythian festivals. The bull's head likely commemorates the sacrifice of a prize bull for the community on one of these occasions. Part was burned for the god, but eating the meat was a mandatory religious duty.
GB49610. Bronze AE 16, BCD Lokris (NAC 55) 287.1 (this coin), SNG TŁb 1585, aVF, rough, Phokis mint, weight 4.166g, maximum diameter 15.8mm, die axis 135o, obverse facing bullís head, with the sacrificial fillet ending in beaded tassels falling to the sides behind the ears and horns; reverse ΦΩ within laurel wreath without berries, tied above; ex BCD Collection, ex Numismatic Ars Classica Auction 55, 287.1; SOLD


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