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Ajax

Telamonian Ajax a mythological Greek hero, the son of Telamon and Periboea and king of Salamis. He plays an important role in Homer's Iliad and in the Epic Cycle, a series of epic poems about the Trojan War. To distinguish him from Ajax, son of Oileus (Ajax the Lesser), he is called "Telamonian Ajax," "Greater Ajax," or "Ajax the Great." In Etruscan mythology, he is known as Aivas Tlamunus.

Locrian Ajax (the Lesser), son of Oileus, ruler of Locris and the leader of the Locrian contingent during the Trojan War. He was called the "lesser" or "Locrian" Ajax, to distinguish him from Ajax the Great, son of Telamon. He is a significant figure in Homer's Iliad and is also mentioned in the Odyssey and Virgil's Aeneid. In Etruscan legend, he was known as Aivas Vilate.


Maximus, Caesar, 235 or 236 - 24 June 238 A.D., Koinon of Thessaly

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Missing from important collections and no examples online. Sear includes a photo and cites the British Museum but the type is not listed in BMC.
RP42703. Bronze AE 23, SGICV 3567 var. (obv legend, not cuir., warrior holds sword), BMC -, SNG Cop -, SNG Fitzwilliam -, SNG Lewis -, SNG Righetti -, SNG Hunterian, et al., VF, weight 6.231 g, maximum diameter 23.1 mm, die axis 180o, Thessalian League mint, obverse Γ IOY OY MAXIMOC, bare-headed, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse [KOINO]N ΘECCAΛΩN, warrior (Ajax?) advancing right, transverse spear in right hand, large shield in left; attractive reverse style; extremely rare; SOLD


Lokri Opuntii, Lokris, Greece, 350 - 340 B.C.

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Lokrian Ajax (the Lesser) was a Greek mythological hero, son of Oileus, the king of Locris. Locrians are mentioned by Homer in the Iliad as following Ajax, the son of Oïleus, to the Trojan War in forty ships, and as inhabiting the towns of Kynos, Opus, Calliarus, Besa, Scarphe, Augeiae, Tarphe, and Thronium. Lokrian Ajax was called the "lesser" or "Lokrian" Ajax, to distinguish him from Ajax the Great, son of Telamon. He is also mentioned in the Odyssey and Virgil's Aeneid.
GS79272. Silver triobol or hemidrachm, BCD Lokris 68; SNG Lockett 1699; HGC 4 996; BMC Central p. 2, 17; cf. SNG Cop 53 (control symbol - lion on inside of shield), F, rainbow toning, obverse slightly off-center, weight 2.577 g, maximum diameter 15.2 mm, die axis 0o, Lokri Opuntii mint, 350 - 340 B.C.; obverse head of Demeter left, wreathed in grain, wearing drop earring; reverse OΠONTIΩN, Ajax son of Oileus, advancing right in fighting attitude, wearing Corinthian helmet, nude, short sword in right, broken spear on ground in background, no control symbol inside shield; from the Butte College Foundation, ex Lindgren, ex Don Bakker; SOLD


Opus, Lokris Opuntia, Greece, 338 - 300 B.C.

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Lokrian Ajax (the Lesser) was a Greek mythological hero, son of Oileus, the king of Locris. Locrians are mentioned by Homer in the Iliad as following Ajax, the son of Oïleus, to the Trojan War in forty ships, and as inhabiting the towns of Kynos, Opus, Calliarus, Besa, Scarphe, Augeiae, Tarphe, and Thronium. Lokrian Ajax was called the "lesser" or "Lokrian" Ajax, to distinguish him from Ajax the Great, son of Telamon. He is also mentioned in the Odyssey and Virgil's Aeneid.
GS08278. Silver triobol, BCD Lokris 104, SNG Cop 62, SGCV I 2332, F, weight 2.40 g, maximum diameter 16.3 mm, die axis 180o, Opus mint, 338 - 300 B.C.; obverse helmeted head of Athena right; reverse ΛOKPΩN, Ajax son of Oileus, advancing right in fighting attitude, nude but for crested Corinthian helmet, short sword in right hand, shield on left arm ornamented inside with hippocamp (control symbol) in left, trident head (control symbol) in right field; SOLD


Lokri Opuntii, Lokris, Greece, 360 - 350 B.C.

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Lokrian Ajax (the Lesser) was a Greek mythological hero, son of Oileus, the king of Locris. Locrians are mentioned by Homer in the Iliad as following Ajax, the son of Oïleus, to the Trojan War in forty ships, and as inhabiting the towns of Kynos, Opus, Calliarus, Besa, Scarphe, Augeiae, Tarphe, and Thronium. Lokrian Ajax was called the "lesser" or "Lokrian" Ajax, to distinguish him from Ajax the Great, son of Telamon. He is also mentioned in the Odyssey and Virgil's Aeneid.
RS87434. Silver triobol or hemidrachm, BCD Lokris 50 - 51; McClean II 5440; Traité III p. 369, 433; Delbridge Corpus group 4; cf. SNG Cop 53 (lion control), aVF/F, light toning, scratches, pitting, weight 2.382 g, maximum diameter 15.4 mm, die axis 270o, Lokri Opuntii mint, 360 - 350 B.C.; obverse head of Demeter right, wreathed in grain, wearing drop earring and necklace; reverse OΠONTIΩN, Ajax son of Oileus, advancing right in fighting attitude, helmeted, naked, short sword in right, shield in left ornamented inside with a griffin (control symbol), broken spear on ground in background; ex Wilson H. Guertin; SOLD


Salamis, Islands off Attica, Greece, 4th century B.C.

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Salamis is the largest Greek island in the Saronic Gulf, about 2 km off-coast from Piraeus and about 16 km west of Athens. Some say it was named after the nymph Salamis, according to legend the mother of Cychreus, the first king of the island. Another theory, considers "Salamis" to come from the root Sal- (meaning salty water) and -amis (meaning the middle); thus Salamis would be (the place) amid salt water. Salamis was probably first colonized by Aegina and later occupied by Megara, but became an Athenian possession in the time of Solon or Peisistratos, following the war between Athens and Megara around 600 B.C. According to Homer's Iliad, Salamis took part in the Trojan War with twelve ships under the leadership of Ajax. Salamis island is known for the Battle of Salamis, the decisive naval victory of the allied Greek fleet, led by Themistocles, over the Persian Empire in 480 B.C. It is said to be the birthplace of Ajax and Euripides; the latter's birth being popularly placed on the day of the battle.
GB76810. Bronze AE 16, SNG Cop 455; Kroll p. 214, 640; BMC Attica p. 116, 1, VF, rough corrosion, weight 2.787 g, maximum diameter 16.4 mm, die axis 180o, Salamis mint, 4th century B.C.; obverse head of nymph Salamis right, wearing stephanos; reverse ΣA−ΛA, sword of Ajax in sheath, on his Boeotian shield; very rare; SOLD


Lokri Opuntii, Lokris, Greece, c. 350 - 340 B.C.

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Lokrian Ajax (the Lesser) was a Greek mythological hero, son of Oileus, the king of Locris. Locrians are mentioned by Homer in the Iliad as following Ajax, the son of Oïleus, to the Trojan War in forty ships, and as inhabiting the towns of Kynos, Opus, Calliarus, Besa, Scarphe, Augeiae, Tarphe, and Thronium. Lokrian Ajax was called the "lesser" or "Lokrian" Ajax, to distinguish him from Ajax the Great, son of Telamon. He is also mentioned in the Odyssey and Virgil's Aeneid.
GS84492. Silver triobol or hemidrachm, BCD Lokris 369; SNG Lockett 1697; BMC Central p. 3, 26; SNG Cop -, F, well centered, high relief, lamination defects, scratches, edge chips, corrosion, silver encrustations, weight 1.924 g, maximum diameter 15.4 mm, die axis 0o, Lokri Opuntii mint, c. 350 - 340 B.C.; obverse head of Demeter right, wreathed in grain, wearing drop earring and necklace; reverse OΠON−TIΩN, Ajax son of Oileus advancing right in fighting attitude, wearing crested Corinthian helmet, nude, short sword in right hand, oval shield on left arm, shield ornamented inside bottom with a lion forepart right (control symbol), spear on ground in background; from the Dr. Sam Mansourati Collection; SOLD


Lokri Opuntii, Lokris, Greece, 2nd Century B.C.

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Lokrian Ajax (the Lesser) was a Greek mythological hero, son of Oileus, the king of Locris. Locrians are mentioned by Homer in the Iliad as following Ajax, the son of Oïleus, to the Trojan War in forty ships, and as inhabiting the towns of Kynos, Opus, Calliarus, Besa, Scarphe, Augeiae, Tarphe, and Thronium. Lokrian Ajax was called the "lesser" or "Lokrian" Ajax, to distinguish him from Ajax the Great, son of Telamon. He is also mentioned in the Odyssey and Virgil's Aeneid.
GB49608. Bronze AE 16, BCD Lokris (NAC 55) 147.6 (this coin); Delbridge corpus group 32.2, 26a, Fine, nice style, weight 2.745 g, maximum diameter 16.4 mm, die axis 0o, Lokri Opuntii mint, 2nd century B.C.; obverse head of Demeter right; reverse OΠOYNTIΩN, Ajax son of Oileus, advancing right in fighting attitude, nude but for crested Corinthian helmet, short sword in right hand, shield on left arm; ex BCD Collection, ex Numismatic Ars Classica Auction 55, 147.6; rare; SOLD


Lokri Opuntii, Lokris, Greece, 360 - 340 B.C.

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Lokrian Ajax (the Lesser) was a Greek mythological hero, son of Oileus, the king of Locris. Locrians are mentioned by Homer in the Iliad as following Ajax, the son of Oïleus, to the Trojan War in forty ships, and as inhabiting the towns of Kynos, Opus, Calliarus, Besa, Scarphe, Augeiae, Tarphe, and Thronium. Lokrian Ajax was called the "lesser" or "Lokrian" Ajax, to distinguish him from Ajax the Great, son of Telamon. He is also mentioned in the Odyssey and Virgil's Aeneid.
SH84346. Silver stater, BCD Lokris 58, Gulbenkian 491, HGC 4 992 var. (no star), BMC Central -, SNG Cop -, SNG UK -, aVF/F, superb classical style, high relief obverse die, well centered, light marks, light porosity, weight 11.715 g, maximum diameter 22.9 mm, die axis 180o, Lokri Opuntii mint, 360 - 340 B.C.; obverse head of Demeter left, wreathed in grain, wearing drop earring; reverse OΠONTIΩ−N, Ajax son of Oileus, advancing right in fighting attitude, wearing Corinthian helmet, nude, short sword in right, broken spear on ground in background, palmette above griffin right (control symbols) inside shield, eight-rayed star (control symbol) lower right; ex Pegasi Numismatics; SOLD


Skarpheia, Lokri Opuntii, Lokris, Greece, 3rd - 2nd Century B.C.

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BCD notes, "A remarkable, hitherto unknown coin of a rare mint with a reverse clearly inscribed SK on the left below the shield. The obverse style appears to be earlier rather than later; the coin therefore may have been struck during the third rather than the second century B.C."
GB49604. Bronze AE 12, BCD Lokris (NAC 55) 159.1 (this coin, otherwise unpublished), F, encrustations, weight 2.143 g, maximum diameter 12.2 mm, die axis 0o, Skarpheia mint, obverse head of Demeter right; reverse Ajax the Lesser advancing left, shield in left, sword in right, seen from ¾ behind (as on the Opuntii and Lokri drachms), SK on the left below the shield; ex BCD Collection, ex Numismatic Ars Classica Auction 55, 159.1; unique?; SOLD


Lokri Opuntii, Lokris, Greece, 340 - 333 B.C.

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Lokrian Ajax (the Lesser) was a Greek mythological hero, son of Oileus, the king of Locris. Locrians are mentioned by Homer in the Iliad as following Ajax, the son of Oïleus, to the Trojan War in forty ships, and as inhabiting the towns of Kynos, Opus, Calliarus, Besa, Scarphe, Augeiae, Tarphe, and Thronium. Lokrian Ajax was called the "lesser" or "Lokrian" Ajax, to distinguish him from Ajax the Great, son of Telamon. He is also mentioned in the Odyssey and Virgil's Aeneid.
GS73966. Silver triobol or hemidrachm, BCD Lokris 98; BMC Central p. 2, 9; SNG Cop 50; SNG Lockett 1700; de Luynes 1958; Pozzi 1339; SGCV I 2330; HGC 4 997, Choice VF, weight 2.762 g, maximum diameter 17.0 mm, die axis 0o, Lokri Opuntii mint, 340 - 333 B.C.; obverse head of Persephone right, wearing wreath of grain, single-pendant earring, and pearl necklace; reverse OΠONTIΩN, Ajax son of Oileus, advancing right in fighting attitude, nude but for crested Corinthian helmet, short sword in right hand, shield on left arm ornamented inside with coiled snake (control symbol), kantharos (control symbol) below; SOLD




  




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