Olympia, Elis, Peloponnesos, , c. 271 - 191 B.C.
Certificate of Authenticity issued by .
David Sear notes, "the fertile country of Elis, in northwestern , was the home of the main sanctuary of Zeus in situated at Olympia. This was also the site of the famous festival center where the Olympian Games were celebrated every fourth year, commencing traditionally in 776 B.C..."
GB75653. Bronze AE 25, cf. Numismatic Chronicle, 1905, p. 335, 8-10 and pl. xv, 4; 428 var (FA left); 1651 var (magistrate), gF, weakly struck, 14.314 g, maximum 25.1 mm, 90o, Olympia mint, magistrate Xen(ophon?), c. 271 - 191 B.C.; of right, wearing and necklace; standing right on a thunderbolt, wings closed, F - A across , ΞEN lower right; very ; $150.00 (€130.50)
Tegea, Arkadia, Peloponnesos, 423 - 400 B.C.
Alea was initially an independent Arcadian goddess, became assimilated with . The temple of Alea at Tegea, her oldest and most revered, burned in 394 B.C. It was magnificently rebuilt to designs by Scopas of Paros. A temple of the Doric order, it was surrounded by a triple row of columns of different orders and with reliefs of the Kalydonian hunt in the main . In both size and splendor it surpassed all other temples in the . The statue of the goddess, which was made by Endoeus all of ivory, was subsequently carried to Rome by to adorn his .GA71719. Silver tetartemorion, 1721, 1054, 2256, -, -, gVF, and bold strike, , light corrosion, small edge chip, 0.237 g, maximum 6.7 mm, 0o, Tegea (Alea, Arcadia, , ) mint, 423 - 400 B.C.; helmeted of Alea left; large T within shallow square; very ; $250.00 (€217.50)
Aegium, Achaea, , c. 37 - 31 B.C., Under Antony and
connected the types with Antony and , who controlled Achaea when this coin was struck. Dionysos refers to Antony, who called himself the "new Dionysos," and the typically Ptolemaic symbolizes .GB67910. Bronze , 438 - 439, 6 - 7, 3, 3954, F, 3.916 g, maximum 20.0 mm, 0o, Aegium mint, Theoxios and Kletaios, magistrates, c. 37 - 31 B.C; AIΓIEΩN, of young Dionysos right, wreathed in ivy; ΘEOΞIOΣ KAHTAIOΣ, standing left, left, wings closed; ; $180.00 (€156.60)
Orchomenos, Arcadia, , 370 - 340 A.D.
Kallisto, the daughter of Lykaon of Arcadia, was seduced and impregnated by Zeus. Caught in the act, jealous angrily transformed her into a bear and persuaded to shoot her. Zeus had recover the child Arkas from her womb and transformed Kallisto into the constellation Ursa Major. Arkas grew up to become the eponymous founder and of the Arkadians. Upon his death, he was placed in the heavens beside his mother as Ursa Minor.
In another version of the myth, Kallisto, as a companion of , vowed to remain a virgin, but was seduced and impregnated by Zeus. seeing her condition in the bath, in anger, changed her into a bear. When her son Arkas was grown, Kallisto wandered into the sanctuary of . Arkas, not recognizing his mother, would have killed her, but Zeus immediately transformed the pair into Ursa Major and Ursa Minor.BB62604. Bronze , 1575, 265, VF, 5.317 g, maximum 18.5 mm, 270o, Orchomenos mint, 370 - 340 A.D.; EPXOMEN−IΩN APKAΣ, kneeling right, holding bow, hound seated right behind her; Kallisto seated left, falling backwards with arms outstretched, an arrow piercing her breast, the infant Arkas below her lying on his back reaching upward toward Kallisto; very ; $135.00 (€117.45)
Argos, Argolis, Peloponnesos, , c. 320 - 270 B.C.
Argos is located in the eastern , very near the Aegean Sea. Inhabitants worshipped . Sparta was a close neighbor to the south but the city was a nominal ally of Athens in the continuous conflict between Athens and Sparta in 5th century B.C.
GS64412. Silver , cf. 1079; p. 141, 67, F, uneven , 2.342 g, maximum 14.2 mm, 180o, Argos mint, c. 320 - 270 B.C.; forepart of wolf-at-bay to left; large A, uncertain magistrates name around, N-I(?) flanking above, crescent(?) upwards (control symbol) below, all within a shallow square; $75.00 (€65.25)
Achaean League, Peloponnesos, , c. Mid 3rd Century B.C.
The Achaean League, a confederation of Greek city states existing from 280 B.C. to 146 B.C., controlled much of the , considerably weakening the Macedonian hold on the . It acquired Sicyon in 251, Corinth in 243 B.C., Megalopolis in 235 B.C. and Argos in 229 B.C.GB58776. Bronze AE 14, 377, 229, BMC Peloponnesos 2 - 4, 3984, gF, 1.384 g, maximum 14.2 mm, Achaean mint, c. mid 3rd century B.C.; laureate of Zeus right; of the Achaian League within laurel wreath; ex CNG, ex (with his round tag, not in LHS sale); $75.00 (€65.25)
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