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ACHAIA, Achaean League, Aigeira. c. 167-146 BC231 viewsAR Hemidrachm, Obv: Laureate head of Zeus r. Rx: Forepart of goat r. over monograms Achaean League AX monogram with AL to left, KI to right; all within laurel wreath, tied below. Rare. Ex John Twente Animal Collection; ex Craig Whitford NBD Bank Money Museum Collection Part II, lot 87. VF/EF, 2.49g. BCD-399 (same rev. die), Agrinion-571a, Clerk-16, Benner-Aigeira-5. HJBerk BBS 159, lot 166.2 commentsCGPCGP
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ACHAIA, Achaean League, Aigieon. ca. 88-30 BC.139 viewsAR Hemidrachm (2.17 g.).
obv: Laureate head of Zeus right. AIGIEWN.
rev: Achaian League monogram;CTO to left, API above, DA right, MOC below;all within laurel-wreath, tied below.
Sear-2973;BMC 24f.; SNG Cop. 235; BCD 430; Benner-Aigion-20.
Gorny & Mosch
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ACHAIA, Achaean League, Aigieon. ca. 88-30 BC.84 viewsAR Hemidrachm 15mm (2.2 g.).
obv: Laureate head of Zeus right. AIGIEWN.
rev: Achaian League monogram;CTO to left, API above, DA right, MOC below;all within laurel-wreath, tied below.
Sear-2973;BMC 24f.; SNG Cop. 235; BCD 430; Benner-Aigion-20.
3 commentsDino
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ACHAIA, Achaean League, Antigoneia (Mantineia). Circa 188-180 BC217 viewsAR Hemidrachm (13mm, 2.43 g). Laureate head of Zeus right / Monogram; A-N across field, monogram below; all within wreath tied at the bottom. Clerk 195; BCD Peloponnesos 1491; SNG Copenhagen 281. VF, toned. ex BCD Collection (not in LHS sale); Benner-Antigoneia-2. CNG auction 179 lot 40.CGPCGP
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ACHAIA, Achaean League, Antigoneia (Mantineia). Circa 188-180 BC.73 viewsAR Hemidrachm (13mm, 2.32 g). Laureate head of Zeus right / Monogram; A-N across field, monogram below; all within wreath tied at the bottom. Clerk 195; BCD Peloponnesos 1491; SNG Copenhagen 281; Benner-Antigoneia-2. Toned. CGPCGP
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ACHAIA, Achaean League, Argos. Circa 160-146 BC. 48 viewsAR Hemidrachm (16mm, 2.33 g, 11h). Laureate head of Zeus right / Monogram of the Achaian League; above, club right; to right, TK monogram; all within laurel wreath. Benner 16; BCD Peloponnesos 1137. VF, toned.

Ex BCD Collection (not in previous sales); Coin Galleries FPL (Winter 1981-1982), no. 51; CNG 221, lot 79
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ACHAIA, Achaean League, Corinth. c. 167-146 BC279 viewsAR Hemidrachm, Obv: Laureate head of Zeus l. Rx: Pegasus flying r. over AX monogram with A-K-S across fields; all within laurel wreath, tied left. Ex John Twente Animal Collection; ex HJB Buy or Bid, 2/17/1981. About VF, 2.27g. BCD-73.2, Agrinion-583, Clerk-111; Benner-Korinth-11. HJBerk BBS 159, lot 167.3 commentsCGPCGP
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ACHAIA, Achaean League, Corinth. Circa 195-188 BC.62 viewsAR Hemidrachm (14mm, 2.31 g, 10h).
obv: Laureate head of Zeus right
rev: Monogram of the Achaian League; to left, koppa; below, monogram; all within laurel wreath.

Benner 6; BCD Peloponnesos 71. VF, toned.

Ex BCD Collection (not in previous sales); CNG 221, lot 82.
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Achaia, Achaean League, Dyme. 88-30 BC.138 viewsAR Hemidrachm. Obv: Laureate head of Zeus r. Rx: Monograms above and to left of AX monogram F to right, fish r. below; all within laurel wreath. Ex John Twente Animal Collection; ex CNA Mail Bid Sale XXI, June 26, 1992, lot 674 (part). VF, 2.36g. BM-30, Clerk-53; Benner-Dyme-16. HJBerk BBS 159, lot 165.1 commentsCGPCGP
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ACHAIA, Achaean League, Elis. c. 188-180 B.C.70 viewsSilver hemidrachm, BMC Peloponnesus p. 4, 46; S 3003 var, VF, Elis mint, 2.312g, 12.8mm, 315o, c. 196 - 146 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Zeus right; reverse large AX monogram in laurel wreath, F - A at sides, CW/CIAC below; Agrinion 334a; BCD 665.1; Benner-Elis-5. ex Coin Galleries auction, 23 November 1963, #423; ex Forum.CGPCGP
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ACHAIA, Achaean League, Elis. 167-146 BC.135 viewsAR Hemidrachm. 2.30g. Laureate Head of Zeus right/ AX, F-A across, LY above, Sigma Omega below; all within laurel wreath. Dark toning. EFBCD-664, Agrinion-349a, Clerk-281; BCD 664; Benner-Elis-27. HJBerk BBS 160, lot 105.4 commentsCGPCGP
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ACHAIA, Achaean League, Elis. 175-168 BC61 viewsAR hemidrachm. Laureate head of Zeus right/Achaian League monogram. A - FA - N monograms across fields. All within wreath tied at bottom. Clerk 290; Agrinion-337c; BCD 665.2; Benner-Elis-11.CGPCGP
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ACHAIA, Achaean League, Elis. Circa 175-168 BC.109 viewsAR hemidrachm. 15mm, 2.3g. Laureate head of Zeus right / AX monogram, F-A across, LY above; all within wreath tied at the bottom. BCD 665.5. Clerk 280.CGPCGP
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ACHAIA, Achaean League, Elis. Circa 175-168 BC. Bronze dichalkon?134 viewsBronze Dichalkon? (16mm). Laureate head of Zeus right / AX monogram, F-A across, LY above; all within wreath tied at the bottom.

If fourree core - Imitating BCD 665.5/Clerk 280?
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ACHAIA, Achaean League, Elis. Circa 191-188 BC. 86 viewsAR Hemidrachm (16mm, 2.42 g, 6h).
obv: Laureate head of Zeus right
rev: Monogram of the Achaian League; above, eagle standing right; in fields, N-I/Σ-Ω; below, FA; all within laurel wreath.

Benner 1; BCD Peloponnesos 663; Agrinion Hoard 331a (same obverse die)
VF, toned.

Ex BCD Collection (not in previous sales); CNG 221, lot 89.
2 commentsDino
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ACHAIA, Achaean League, Elis. Circa 88-30 BC.83 viewsAR hemidrachm. Laureate head of Zeus right/Achaian League monogram. 14 mm 2.2g. FA DWE XE monograms across fields. Thunderbolt below. All within wreath tied at bottom. BCD 680-1; Clerk 259; Benner-Elis-52. Toned. ex. Christopher Morcom collection. ex CNG auction 173 lot 219.CGPCGP
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ACHAIA, Achaean League, Lakedaimon, Sparta 88-30 BC.113 viewsAR hemidrachm. Laureate head Zeus right/Achaian League monogram. Caps of the dioscuri across fields. Monograms above and below All enclosed within laurel wreath tied at bottom. Clerk 318a; Benner-Sparta-6. exHCC, Inc.1 commentsCGPCGP
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ACHAIA, Achaean League, Megara. 175-168 BC.115 views AR Hemidrachm. Laureate head of Zeus right / DW Monogram on left and PO Monogram on right side of Large AX monogram; above, lyre; all within laurel-wreath, tied below. Clerk 120; BCD 27.1; Benner-Megara-4.3 commentsCGPCGP
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ACHAIA, Achaean League, Pallantium. 88-30 BC.70 viewsAR Hemidrachm (12mm, 1.89 g). Laureate head of Zeus right / Monogram; P - A - L across field, Trident and AN monogram below; all within wreath tied at the bottom. Toned. Clerk 220; BCD 1593.1; Benner-Pallantion-3.CGPCGP
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ACHAIA, Achaean League, Patrai-Patras. 167-146 BC. 125 views AR hemidrachm. 16mm 2.55g.
Laureate head Zeus right/ Achaian league monogram. Monogram A-TEI-N across fields. dolphin below. All within laurel wreath tied at bottom.
Agrinion Hoard 553a (same rev. die); Clerk 82a; Benner-Patrai-29 (this coin).
exBeast Coins.
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ACHAIA, Achaean League, Patrai-Patras. 167-146 BC. 52 viewsAR hemidrachm.
obv: Laureate head Zeus right
rev: Achaian league monogram. Monogram X-Theta E-E across fields. dolphin below. All within laurel wreath tied at bottom.

Agrinion 560-563; McClean 6411; SNG Cop. 249; Hunterian 14; Dewing 1845, Clerk 80/18; Benner-Patrai-32.
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ACHAIA, Achaean League, Patrai-Patras. 175-168 BC.202 viewsAR Hemidrachm (2.31 g.).
Obv: Laureate head Zeus right
Rev: Achaian League monogram; D left, M above, I right, trident below facing right; all within laurel wreath tied below.
Clerk 186/3; McClean 6461; Benner-Patrai-22.

exGorny & Mosch

SNG Cop. 274f. ; BMC 98
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ACHAIA, Achaean League, Patrai-Patras. 195-188 BC.92 viewsAR Hemidrachm (15.3mm, 2.36g). Laureate head of Zeus right / AX Monogram; Monograms to left and right; Trident below; all within wreath tied at the bottom. Clerk 47(Ceryneia); Agrinion Hoard 270; Benner-Patrai-4.

exAmphora Coins.
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ACHAIA, Achaean League, Patrai-Patras. 88-30 BC.70 views AR hemidrachm. 15mm 2.16g.
Laureate head Zeus right/ Achaian league monogram. XE SW PA across fields. dolphin below. All within laurel wreath tied at bottom.
VF. Toned. BCD 508.7 (this coin); Clerk 81; Benner-Patrai-51 (this coin). exBeast Coins.
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ACHAIA, Achaean League, Patrai-Patras. 88-30 BC.53 viewsAR hemidrachm. 16mm 2.4g
obv: Laureate head Zeus right
rev: Achaian league monogram. Monograms and letters across fields. dolphin below. All within laurel wreath tied at bottom.

BMC 42; McClean 6409-10; SNG Cop 252; Leake 3643-5; Clerk 77/15 & 78/16; BCD 508.6.

3 commentsDino
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ACHAIA, Achaean League, Sikyon. Circa 160-146 BC.44 viewsAR Hemidrachm (16mm, 2.34 g, 6h).
obv: Laureate head of Zeus right
rev: Monogram of the Achaian League; above, ME monogram; in fields, N-I; below, dove flying right; all within laurel wreath.

Benner 18; BCD Peloponnesos 322.1. Near VF, toned, a little porous.

Ex BCD Collection (not in previous sales); CNG 221, lot 156.
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ACHAIA, Achaean League, Sikyon. Circa 195-188 BC. 49 viewsAR Hemidrachm (14mm, 2.42 g, 10h).
obv: Laureate head of Zeus right
rev: Monogram of the Achaian League; in fields, Σ-I; below, EY; all within laurel wreath.

Benner 3; BCD Peloponnesos 321.2. VF, toned.

Ex BCD Collection (not in previous sales); CNG 221, lot 152.
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ACHAIA, Achaean League, Tegea. 88-30 BC. 138 viewsAR Hemidrachm (2.49 g, 8h). Laureate head of Zeus right / XA monogram; T-E across field; all within wreath. Clerk 223; BCD 1744; SNG Copenhagen 293; Benner-Tegea-4. Toned.

From Collection C.P.A. Ex Tkalec (24 October 2003), lot 94.

exCNG 78, lot 695.
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Achaia, Achaian League AR Triobol or Hemidrachm12 viewsACHAIA, Achaian League. Tegea. Early 1st century BC. AR Triobol or Hemidrachm (15mm, 2.31 g, 9h) Laureate head of Zeus right/ Achaian League monogram; T-E across field; all within wreath. Benner 4; BCD Peolponnesos 1744; HCG 6, 1075. VF, tonedOctopus Grabus
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Achaia, Achaian League. Pallantion AR Triobol or Hemidrachm12 viewsACHAIA, Achaian League. Pallantion. Early 1st century BC. AR Triobol or Hemidrachm (15mm, 2.03 g, 1h) Laureate head of Zeus right / AX monogram; in field, Π-Α-Λ; below, EY monogram and trident; all within laurel wreath. VF, some tooling and fields lightly smoothed on the obverseOctopus Grabus
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ACHAIA, Achaian League. Patra c. 86 B.C.12 viewsACHAIA, Achaian League. Patrai. Circa 86 B.C. AR Triobol – Hemidrachm (14.2mm, 2.30 g,). Obv: Laureate head of Zeus right. Rev: Achaian League monogram; above, AP monogram; ΞE and ΠA flanking; below, dolphin swimming right; all within laurel wreath. Benner 47; BCD Peloponnesos 508.6; HGC 5, 55.ddwau
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ACHAIA, Aigieon. 37-31 BC.71 viewsAE hexachalkon (5.67 g)
Theoxios and Kletaios, magistrates.
obv: Laureate head of Zeus right
rev: Zeus standing right, holding eagle on outstretched arm and preparing to cast thunderbolt; ΘEOΞIOΣ KΛHTAIOΣ around. Kroll, Bronze 2; BCD Peloponnesos 436.

Located along the northern coast of the Peloponnesos, Achaia was a narrow territory between Sicyon and Elis. One theory suggests that Achaia’s original inhabitants were driven to the area from Achaia Phthoitis, which itself was located across the Gulf of Corinth in southern Thessaly. A number of prehistoric and Mycenaean ruins in the western part of the Achaia indicate that the district was long inhabited, even into remote antiquity. Twelve city-states were located there: Aigai, Aigira, Aigion, Bura, Dyme, Helike, Olenos, Patrai, Pherai, Pelene, Rhypes, and Tritaia. Achaian colonies were established in Magna Graecia at Kroton, Kaulonia, Metapontion, and Sybaris. From the mid-5th century onward, much of the history of Achaia is interconnected with the Achaian League.
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Achaian League, Argos, ca. 195-188 BC, AR Hemidrachm 19 views Laureate head of Zeus left.
Wreath surrounding AX monogram; TK monogram above and wolf’s head below.

HGC 5, 714 (this coin) (R1); BCD Peloponnesos 1130 (this coin); Agrinion 302 (b) (same dies); Clerk 141.

(15 mm, 2.43 g, 6h).
Kirk Davis Classical Numismatics Catalogue 50, Fall 2006, 46; ex-BCD Collection: LHS Numismatics 96, 8 May 2006, 1130; ex-Coin Galleries Winter FPL 1981/82, 52.
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Achaian League, Elis, 40-30 BC, AR Hemidrachm 7 viewsLaureate head of Zeus right, ΘPACYΛEΩN behind.
Wreath surrounding AX monogram in centre; FA monogram to left, ANTK monogram above and XE monogram to right, thunderbolt below.

BCD Peloponnesos 688; HGC 5, 541 (R1); Clerk 272; BMC 70; Sear GCV 2994.

(16 mm, 2.19 g, 11h).
John Jencek Ancient Coins & Antiquities; ex- Frank Kovacs Collection.
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Achaian League, Elis, ca. 50 BC, AR Hemidrachm 11 viewsLaureate head of Zeus right, KA monogram in outer right field.
Wreath surrounding AX monogram in centre; FA monogram to left, Ω above ELIΣ monogram (Elis) in upper field and XE monogram to right, thunderbolt below.

BCD Peloponnesos 685 (this coin); HGC 5, 540 (R2); Clerk 261; SNG Copenhagen 306.

(15 mm, 2.39 g, 6h).
Classical Numismatic Group e-Auction 160, 14 March 2007, 44; ex- BCD collection: LHS Auction 96, 8-9 May 2006, 685; ex- Danish National Museum, Copenhagen (c.f. SNG Cop 306 deaccessioned duplicate).
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Achaian League, Messene, 191-183 BC, AR Hemidrachm7 viewsLaureate head of Zeus left.
Large AX monogram, Ξ-E across fields, ΠAY monogram above and ligate ME below, all within laurel wreath.

HGC 5, 595 (this coin); BCD Peloponnesos 706 (this coin); Agrinion 314 (same obverse die); Clerk 310.

(14 mm, 2.50 g, 1h)
Auctiones GmbH 1, 19 December 2011, 28; ex- BCD Collection: LHS 96, 8-9 May 2006, 706; ex- de Nicola, May 1982.
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Achaian League, Patrai, ca. 86 BC, AR Hemidrachm 6 viewsLaureate head of Zeus right.
Wreath surrounding AX monogram in centre; ΦΙ above, ΞE to left, ΠA to right, dolphin swimming right below.

BCD Peloponnesos 508.4; HGC 5, 55.

(15 mm, 2.32 g, 11h).
Jencek Historical Enterprise; ex- BCD Collection (private sale); ex- Coin Art, Feb. 1974 per BCD ticket.
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Achaian League. Dyme 15 viewsAchaian League, Dyme in Achaia. Circa 86 BC. AR Hemidrachm (2.32 gm). Laureate head of Zeus Amarios, r. / League AX monogram; ΧΔ monogram above, T to left, ΑΡ monogram to right, fish below; all within wreath. gVF. CNG EA 254 #115. Benner 17; BCD Peloponnesos 488; HGC 5 #41; SNG Cop 240; Clerk pl 111 #3. Christian T
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Achaian League. Elis. Hemidrachm6 viewsACHAIA, Achaian League. Elis. Circa 45-30 BC. AR Hemidrachm. Kallippos, magistrate. Laureate head of Zeus right; [KAΛΛIΠΠ]OΥ (magistrate) behind / Monogram; FA to left, Φ above and X to right, thunderbolt below; all within wreath tied at the bottom. Clerk 273 var. (name in genitive); BCD Peloponnesos 690; SNG Copenhagen 298. 1 commentsPodiceps
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Achain league, Pallantion Ar Tetrobol92 views1st cent. BC
Obv.: Laureate head of Zeus.
Rev.: Monogram of the Achaian League.
BCD Peloponnesos 1593.2
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GREEK, Achaean League, Aigieon. ca. 88-30 BC.150 views AR Hemidrachm 15mm (2.2 g.).
obv: Laureate head of Zeus right. AIGIEWN.
rev: Achaian League monogram;CTO to left, API above, DA right, MOC below;all within laurel-wreath, tied below.
Sear-2973;BMC 24f.; SNG Cop. 235; BCD 430; Benner-Aigion-20.
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GREEK, Achaean League, Argos, ca. 175-168 BC, AR Hemidrachm - Agrinion 308292 viewsLaureate head of Zeus right. / Wreath surrounding AX monogram in centre; TK monogram above and Harpa right below.
BCD Peloponnesos 1136 (this coin); Clerk 147; Agrinion 308 (same dies).
(17 mm, 2.47 g, 12h)
ex- BCD Collection; LHS 96, Lot 1136 (8 May 2006); ex- Empire Coins Fixed Price List 76 (September 1995).

One of the more refined images of Zeus on this series of Achaian League emissions, complimented by the slightly oval flan.
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GREEK, Achaean League, Elis. Circa 191-188 BC. 142 viewsAR Hemidrachm (16mm, 2.42 g, 6h).
obv: Laureate head of Zeus right
rev: Monogram of the Achaian League; above, eagle standing right; in fields, N-I/Σ-Ω; below, FA; all within laurel wreath.

Benner 1; BCD Peloponnesos 663. VF, toned.

Ex BCD Collection (not in previous sales); CNG 221, lot 89.
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GREEK, Achaean League, Messene, 175-168 BC, AR Hemidrachm 167 viewsLaureate head of Zeus Hamarios left.
Large AX monogram; N - Φ across fields, M below; all within wreath.
HGC 5, 597 (this coin); Benner 23 (this coin); BCD Peloponnesos 723 (this coin); Agrinon 323g (same dies); Clerk 216 (Megalopolis); SNG Copenhagen 315.
(15 mm, 2.44 g, 5h)
ex- BCD Collection: LHS 96 (8-9 May 2006) Lot 723
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GREEK, Achaean League, Patrai-Patras. 167-146 BC. 315 viewsAR hemidrachm. 16mm 2.55g.
Laureate head Zeus right/ Achaian league monogram. Monogram A-TEI-N across fields. dolphin below. All within laurel wreath tied at bottom.
Agrinion Hoard 553a (same rev. die); Clerk 82a; Benner-Patrai-29 (this coin).
exBeast Coins.
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GREEK, Achaean League, Patrai-Patras. 175-168 BC.285 viewsAR Hemidrachm (2.31 g.).
Obv: Laureate head Zeus right
Rev: Achaian League monogram; D left, M above, I right, trident below facing right; all within laurel wreath tied below.
Clerk 186/3; McClean 6461; Benner-Patrai-22.

exGorny & Mosch

SNG Cop. 274f. ; BMC 98
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Greek, ACHAIA, Achaean League, Patrai-Patras. 88-30 BC.143 viewsAR hemidrachm. 15mm 2.16g.
Laureate head Zeus right/ Achaian league monogram. XE SW PA across fields. dolphin below. All within laurel wreath tied at bottom.
VF. Toned. BCD 508.7 (this coin); Clerk 81; Benner-Patrai-51 (this coin). exBeast Coins.
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Lakonia, Lakedaimon (Sparta), ca. 85 BC, AR Hemidrachm - in the style of the Achaian League 12 viewsLaureate head of Zeus right.
Central AX monogram; pilei of the Dioskouri flanking, ΛAI monogram above and ΩΠMY monogram below, all within laurel wreath.

HGC 5, 643 (S); Clerk 319; BCD Peloponnesos 865.4; SNG Cop 320.

(13 mm, 2.36 g, 6h).
Classical Numismatic Group, August 2007; from BCD Collection (not in LHS sale); ex-Johan Christian Holm (Denmark) 1976.

Although this coin is in the style of the Achaian League style, it was issued at a time when Sparta was not a member of the League. It is believed that the issue of this coin type was a “voluntary” contribution to the Roman campaign when Sulla was fighting Mithradates VI. This issue was struck the style of the coinage of the League, which was more acceptable to the Greek mercenaries who received it as pay while engaged by Rome. Sparta also issued autonomous silver coinage (example below) around the same time and for the following thirty years.
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Phrygia, Eumeneia, pseudo-autonomous, cf. SNG Copenhagen 38435 viewsAE 17, 2.99g, 17.33mm, 0°
obv. bust of Dionysos, draped, wreathed with ivory
rev. EVME - NEWN - AXAIWN
Athena, wearing double chiton and helmet, stg. l., holding patera in r. hand and in l. hand spear and
shield set on ground
ref. cf. SNG Copenhagen 384
VF, sand patina

On the epithet Achaion:
(1) William Smith, Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography, 1854: Achaion seems to allude to the destruction of Corinth 146 BC in which Attalus II was involved (4th Macedonian War).
(2) Barclay Head, Historia Numorum, 1911: (Achaion) shows that some of the influential families claimed an Achaian origin.
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Sparta11 viewsACHAIA, Achaian League. Lakedaimon (Sparta). Circa 85 BC. AR Hemidrachm (15mm, 2.32 g, 8h). Laureate head of Zeus right / Achaian League monogram; monogram above, piloi of the Dioskouroi flanking, ΠY below; all within laurel wreath. Benner 15; BCD Peloponnesos 865.1; HGC 5, 643. Good VF, tone, slightly off center. Good metal.

From the J. Cohen Collection.

A note from the previous collector:

This collection of Peloponnesian coins was born from my personal interest in ancient Greek history and inspired primarily by the BCD sales. The collection was formed as a study of the varying coinage types produced through the ruling cycles of the Peloponnese. Initial focus of the collection was on Sparta, the coinage produced under Roman rule and issues produced bearing the iconography of the Achaean League. Given the less than amicable relationship between the League and Sparta, this area proved highly interesting to collect. The initial phase of collecting Sparta/Lacedaemon pieces set the groundwork for the evolution of the collection.

The collection was then expanded to Sparta's immediate neighbor in Messene and then to the entire Peloponnese. As I moved through the wider Peloponnesian regions I aimed, where possible, to collect an example of Achaean League coinage of the respective City States, examples of the Greek Imperial coinage and finally, Roman Provincial coinage. The goal being to develop a snapshot of the evolution of coins issued within the Peloponnese. Collecting in this way allowed for a timeline of both political and artistic change throughout the Peloponnese to be mapped out. The uniform coinage, both in silver and bronze of the Achaean league can be compared against the unique iconography of the corresponding Imperial issues and the later, highly stylized Roman issues. From a historical perspective, the evolution and membership of the League as well as the wars within the region can also be viewed through the issuing of coinage.

Numismatically, the primary goals of this collection have been broadly achieved by focusing on the smaller issues of the City States within the Peloponnese, no large silver issues beyond the enigmatic Tetradrachms have representation within the collection. The product of my labors is what I believe to be a highly diverse, interesting and accessible group of coins which provides an insight into one of the most interesting periods and regions of the Ancient world.
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