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Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Greece| > |Phokis| > SH65226
Phokis, Greece, Federal Coinage, c. 445 - 420 B.C.
Phocis was mainly pastoral. Delphi, with its oracle, sanctuary dedicated to Apollo, Pythian Games, and treasuries was the main urban center.

The Phocians were unpopular with other Greeks. In 480 B.C., a Phokian force of 1,000 volunteer shepherd boys was assigned to the heights at Thermopylae. They took one look at the advancing Persians and fled leaving open the back trail, which allowed the Persians to destroy Leonidas and the Spartans. The following year the Phokians actually joined the Persian side, the losing side, in the Battle of Plataea.
SH65226. Silver triobol, Williams Phokians 234 (O163/R135), BCD Lokris 249 (same dies), VF, toned, Phokikon mint, weight 2.558g, maximum diameter 14.6mm, die axis 90o, c. 445 - 420 B.C.; obverse bull head facing, hair in ringlets; reverse head of Artemis right within incuse square, Φ−O−K−I in the four corners of the square clockwise from the top left; ex Münzhandlung Ritter; scarce; SOLD


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