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Home > Catalog > Greek Coins > Geographic - All Periods > Greece > Illyria > SH68907
Dyrrhachion, Illyria, c. 340 - 280 B.C.
Dyrrhachion is today Durrs, the second largest city of Albania located on the central Albanian coast, about 33 km west of the capital Tirana. Founded in the 7th century B.C. by Greek colonists from Corinth and Corcyra under the name Epidamnos, it has been continuously inhabited for 2,700 years.

According to Wikipedia, "the Romans renamed the city Dyrrachium (Greek: Dyrrhachion). They considered the name Epidamnos to be inauspicious because of its wholly coincidental similarities with the Latin word damnum, meaning "loss" or "harm". The meaning of Dyrrachium ("bad spine" or "difficult ridge" in Greek) is unclear, but it has been suggested that it refers to the imposing cliffs near the city." This type with the ethnic ∆YP, indicates the city was renamed before Roman rule in 229 B.C. Either Wikipedia is incorrect or numismatists have dated this type too early.
SH68907. Silver stater, Maier p. 17, 2; BMC Thessaly p. 65, 6; SNG Cop 423 corr. (inscription not described as retrograde), VF, Dyrrhachium (Durrs, Albania) mint, weight 10.713g, maximum diameter 20.8mm, die axis 315o, c. 340 - 280 B.C.; obverse cow standing right, looking back at suckling calf standing left below; reverse double linear bordered square divided into two compartments with a stellate pattern in each, retrograde ∆−Y−P and club around, all within a linear circle; SOLD

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