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Swans on Ancient Coins

Leukai, Ionia, c. 350 - 300 B.C.

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Leukai (also Leucae or Leuce) was a small town of ancient Ionia, close to Phocaea. Leukai was, according to Pliny, on an island promontory. From Scylax we learn that it had harbors. According to Diodorus, the Persian admiral Tachos founded the town on an eminence on the sea coast in 352 B.C. Shortly after Tachos died, and the Clazomenians and Cymaeans quarreled over the town until the former took control. Leukai was near the site of the battle between the consul Publius Licinius Crassus Mucianius and the Pergamene rebel Aristonicus in 131 B.C.
GB71755. Bronze AE 10, cf. SNG Munchen 584 (ΛEO in exergue); BMC Ionia 5 - 6; SRCV II 4472 (AE 17, etc.); SNG Tub -, VF, nice green patina, weight 1.130 g, maximum diameter 10.4 mm, die axis 0o, Leukai mint, c. 350 - 300 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo left; reverse swan standing left, wings open, head down, ΛEO(?) upward behind; $55.00 (Ä48.95)


Kamarina, Sicily, c. 461 - 435 B.C.

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Kamarina was suffering a plague. A marsh north of the city was the suspected source. The town oracle advised them not to drain the marsh, but in 405 B.C., the leaders ignored the advice. Once the marsh was dry, there was nothing to stop the Carthaginian army. They marched across the newly drained marsh, razed the city, and killed every last inhabitant.
GS76862. Silver litra, Westermark-Jenkins 89 (O25/R49); cf. SNG Cop 160; BMC Sicily p. 33, 3; SNG ANS 1215; HGC 2 536, F, struck with worn dies, porous, weight 0.527 g, maximum diameter 14.4 mm, die axis 180o, Kamarina (near Scoglitti, Sicily, Italy) mint, c. 461 - 435 B.C.; obverse Nike flying left, swan left below, all within olive wreath; reverse KAMAPINAION, Athena standing left, helmeted, wearing aegis, spear vertical in right hand, shield at feet, I of ethnic between the spear and shield; $36.00 (Ä32.04)


Syracuse, Sicily, Agathocles, 317 - 289 B.C.

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Sear's Greek Coins and Their Values listed this type at £1,500 in 1978!
SH10964. Gold 80 litrae, BMC 416v, SGCV I 970v, SNG Cop 778v (legend blunder is variety for all refs), VF, ex jewelry damage, weight 4.27 g, maximum diameter 15.00 mm, die axis 45o, Syracuse mint, 306 - 289 B.C.; obverse helmeted head of Athena right; reverse AΓAΘOKAEOE / BAΣIΛEΩΣ, winged thunderbolt, TP monogram below, no border; the tyrant's name AΓAΘOKΛEOΣ is blundered, reading A instead of Λ and ending in "E" vice the normal"Σ", apparently clipped, holed and filled; SOLD







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