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Ancient Coins of Corinth (and Other Corinthian Type Staters)

Corinth, on the Isthmus of Corinth about halfway between Athens and Sparta, was the largest city and the richest port in ancient Greece. Horace is quoted as saying: "non licet omnibus adire Corinthum," which translates, "Not everyone is able to go to Corinth" (referring to the expensive living standards in the city). Corinth was known as an especially "wild" city (the Las Vegas of its time). At the Temple of Aphrodite, the goddess of love, 1,000 sacred prostitutes served the wealthy merchants and the powerful officials living in or visiting the city. The most famous of them, Lais, was said to have extraordinary abilities and charged tremendous fees for her favors. Korinthiazomai was a Greek word for fornicate.


Corinth, Corinthia, Greece, c. 515 - 475 B.C.

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GS41258. Silver stater, Pozzi 3696, Ravel 299, SNG Cop -, BMC Corinth -, toned VF, weight 8.575 g, maximum diameter 24.6 mm, die axis 315o, obverse Pegasos flying right, koppa below; reverse helmeted head of Athena right in shallow incuse square, koppa behind; ex Hesperia Art, 300 East 57th St., NY; from the Dr. J. Hewitt Judd Collection (author of United States Pattern Coins Experimental & Trial Pieces); nice archaic style; rare; SOLD


Corinth, Corinthia, Greece, c. 431 - 338 B.C.

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The obverse depicts Pegasos in the classical style, the reverse in archaic style.
GS41254. Silver diobol, Pozzi 3829 var., BMC Corinth -, SNG Cop -, VF, weight 0.887 g, maximum diameter 10.7 mm, die axis 90o, Corinth mint, obverse Pegasos, with pointed wings, flying left, koppa below; reverse Pegasos, with curled wing, trotting left, pellet below, koppa lower left, inverted K upper right; from the Dr. J. Hewitt Judd Collection (author of United States Pattern Coins Experimental & Trial Pieces); rare; SOLD


Corinth, Corinthia, Greece, c. 345 - 307 B.C.

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During the Greek War of Independence, 1821- 1830, Corinth was destroyed by the Turkish forces. The city was officially liberated in 1832 after the Treaty of London. In 1833, the site was considered among the candidates for the new capital city of the recently founded Kingdom of Greece, due to its historical significance and strategic position. Athens, then an insignificant town, was chosen instead. In 1858, the village surrounding the ruins of Ancient Corinth was totally destroyed by an earthquake, leading to the founding of New Corinth 3 km (1.9 mi) NE of the ancient city.
GS38479. Silver stater, Pegasi I 419, Ravel 1029, SNG Cop -, gVF, weight 8.128 g, maximum diameter 22.0 mm, die axis 0o, Corinth mint, c. 375 - 300 B.C.; obverse Pegasos flying left, koppa below; reverse head of Athena (or Aphrodite) left in a plain Corinthian helmet over leather cap, dove within wreath behind, Γ below chin; charming, kind smile on goddess' face; ex Freeman & Sear; SOLD







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REFERENCES

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Calciati, R. Pegasi. (Mortara, 1990).
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Head, B. Catalogue of Greek Coins in the British Museum, Corinth, Colonies of Corinth, Etc. (London, 1889).
Münzen & Medaillen. Sammlung BCD: Akarnanien und Aetolien. Auction 23, 18 Oct 2007, Stuttgart.
Naville Co. Monnaies grecques antiques S. Pozzi. Auction 1, 4 Apr 1921, Geneva.
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Sear, D. Greek Coins and Their Values, Vol. 1, Europe. (London, 1978).
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Denmark, The Royal Collection of Coins and Medals, Danish National Museum, Vol. 3: Greece: Thessaly to Aegean Islands. (New Jersey, 1982).
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Deutschland, Münzsammlung Universität Tübingen: Part 3: Akarnanien-Bithynien. (Berlin, 1985).
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, France, Bibliothèque National, Collection Jean et Marie Delepierre. (Paris, 1983).
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Great Britain III, R.C. Lockett Collection: Part 4: Peloponnese - Aeolis. (London, 1945).
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Great Britain IV, Fitzwilliam Museum, Leake and General Collections: Part 4: Acarnania - Phliasia. (London, 1956).
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Great Britain VIII, The Hart Collection. (Oxford, 1989).
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Great Britain VII, Manchester University Museum. (London, 1986).

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