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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Greece| > |Epirus| > GS93836
Ambrakia, Epeiros, Greece, c. 456 - 426 B.C.
|Epirus|, |Ambrakia,| |Epeiros,| |Greece,| |c.| |456| |-| |426| |B.C.|,
Ambracia (modern Arta) was founded as a Corinthian colony 650 - 625 B.C. Its economy was based on farmlands, fishing, timber for shipbuilding, and the exporting the produce of Epirus. In 433, Ambracia fought with Corinth at the Battle of Sybota, against the rebellious Corinthian colony of Corcyra (modern Corfu). Ambracia was besieged by Philip II and forced to accept a Macedonian garrison in 338. In 294, after 43 years of semi-autonomy, Ambracia was given by the son of Cassander to Pyrrhus, king of Epirus, who made it his capital, and adorned it with palace, temples and theaters. In the wars of Philip V of Macedon and the Epirotes against the Aetolian league (220-205) it changed sides and ultimately joined the Aetolians. Against Rome, it stood a stubborn siege, including the first known use of poison gas, against Roman siege tunnels. It was captured and plundered by Marcus Fulvius Nobilior in 189 B.C., after which it gradually fell into insignificance.Epirus and Environs
GS93836. Silver stater, Pegasi 22 (same dies), SNG Cop -, VF, slightly off center on an irregular flan generally favoring the types, reverse double struck, light etching, Ambrakia (Arta, Greece) mint, weight 8.036g, maximum diameter 21.6mm, die axis 180o, c. 456 - 426 B.C.; obverse Pegasos flying left, straight wings; reverse helmeted head of Athena (or Aphrodite) right, crowned by Nike above flying left, A behind, all within an incuse square; ex Savoca blue auction 5 (24 Feb 18), lot 302; SOLD











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