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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Macedonia| > |Other Macedonia| > GB80092
Akanthos, Macedonia, Late 3rd Century B.C.
|Other| |Macedonia|, |Akanthos,| |Macedonia,| |Late| |3rd| |Century| |B.C.|, Philip II of Macedon spared Acanthus from destruction when he took the area in 350 B.C. According to Livy, Acanthus was attacked by a Roman-Pergamene fleet during the Second Macedonian War in 199 B.C. and then besieged, captured and sacked by Rome in 168 B.C. A significant Roman community settled in town to exploit the area's rich mines, forests, and farmlands and ship through the town's harbor. Over time the name evolved to its Latin translation, Ericius, from which was derived its Byzantine name and the name of the nearby modern town, Ierissos. The ancient city extended along a sheer hillside, about 0.6 km southeast of Ierissos. Remains of walls, an impressive citadel, and Hellenistic buildings survive, along with a deserted Byzantine church and two post-Byzantine churches.
GB80092. Bronze AE 15, BMC Macedonia p. 36, 42; SNG ANS 56, aVF, Akanthos (Ierissos, Greece) mint, weight 2.734g, maximum diameter 14.9mm, die axis 45o, late 3rd century B.C.; obverse head of Athena left wearing crested helmet; reverse A-K-A-N in four quarters of a spoked wheel; rare wheel type; SOLD











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