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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, 375 - 345 B.C.

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Corinth is mentioned many times in the New Testament, largely in connection with Apostle Paul's mission there. Paul first visited the city in 51 or 52 and resided there for 18 months (Acts 18:1-18). Paul wrote at least two epistles to the Christian community, the First Epistle to the Corinthians (written from Ephesus) and the Second Epistle to the Corinthians (written from Macedonia).
GS85150. Silver stater, Pegasi I 238/1 (same obv. die); Ravel 574; BMC Corinth p. 13, 140; BCD Korinth 68; HGC 4 1834; SNG Cop -, aEF, nice toning, tight flan, areas of corrosion, weight 8.331 g, maximum diameter 21.1 mm, die axis 45o, Corinth mint, 375 - 345 B.C.; obverse Pegasos flying right, koppa below; reverse head of Athena (or Aphrodite) right wearing a Corinthian helmet over a leather cap, thymiaterion (incense burner) behind; ex Art of Money (Portland, OR); $500.00 (€445.00)
 


Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III The Great, 336 - 323 B.C.

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Struck in the name of King Philip III Arrhidaeus, Alexander the Great's half-brother, under the regent Perdikkas. Philip III and Alexander's infant son, Alexander IV, were made joint kings after Alexander's death. Philip was the bastard son of Philip II and a dancer, Philinna of Larissa. Alexander the Great's mother, Olympias, allegedly poisoned her stepson Philip III as a child, leaving him mentally disabled, eliminating him as a rival to Alexander. Neither Philip III nor Alexander IV was capable of actual rule and both were selected only to serve as pawns. The regents held power, while Philip III was actually imprisoned. In 317, Philip was murdered by Olympias to ensure the succession of her grandson.
GS72556. Silver tetradrachm, Price 681, Müller 887, Armenak Hoard 105, Noe Sicyon 28, SNG München -, SNG Saroglos -, SNG Alpha Bank -, aVF, attractive style, toned, bumps and marks, some very light corrosion, weight 16.790 g, maximum diameter 29.6 mm, die axis 90o, Corinth mint, Kassander, 310 - 275 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, clad in Nemean Lion scalp headdress tied at neck; reverse AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus Aëtophoros enthroned left, high-backed throne, nude to waist, himation around hips and legs, eagle extended in right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, feet on footstool, right foot drawn back, aplustre lower left, NO under throne strut; $280.00 (€249.20)
 


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







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Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Great Britain VII, Manchester University Museum. (London, 1986).

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