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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Anatolia| > |Aeolis| > GB27556
Elaea, Aeolis, c. 350 - 300 B.C.
|Aeolis|, |Elaea,| |Aeolis,| |c.| |350| |-| |300| |B.C.|, Aristophanes in Plutus makes a humorous comment on victorious athletes who are crowned with wreath made of wild olive instead of gold: "Why, Zeus is poor, and I will clearly prove it to you. In the Olympic games, which he founded, and to which he convokes the whole of Greece every four years, why does he only crown the victorious athletes with wild olive? If he were rich he would give them gold."
GB27556. Bronze AE 16, SGCV II 4204, BMC Troas 4, SNG Cop 169, gVF, Elaea (near Zeytindag, Turkey) mint, weight 3.279g, maximum diameter 16.1mm, die axis 180o, c. 350 - 300 B.C.; obverse helmeted head of Athena left; reverse E - Λ, grain seed within olive wreath; SOLD











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