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Peloponnesos, Greece

Olympia, Elis, Peloponnesos, Greece, 134th - 143rd Olympiads, c. 244 - 208 B.C.

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These coins were only minted every four years during the Olympic Games, and were minted on the grounds of the games in a sacred ritualistic manner.
SH58692. Silver drachm, BCD Peloponnesos 249, Elis Hoard grp. II, gVF, toned, weight 4.796 g, maximum diameter 18.0 mm, die axis 180o, obverse eagle flying right, clutching and devouring hare in talons; reverse thunderbolt with double volutes above and wings below, Φ−A across field; ex Heritage auction 3019, lot 23123; ex Mayflower Collection, ex Stack's (6-7 December 1995), lot 133; SOLD


Sikyon, Peloponnesos, Greece, c. 335 - 330 B.C.

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Sikyon was located in the northern Peloponnesus between Corinth and Achaea. Sicyon was known in antiquity for its industries including wood sculpture, bronze work, and pottery. Its central location meant it was frequently involved in the wars of its neighbors, Thebes, Corinth, Athens and Sparta.
SH67618. Silver stater, BCD Peloponnesos 219; Traité III 776; BMC Peloponnesus p. 40, 56; SNG Cop 48 var. (N vice I), VF, toned, struck with a worn obverse die, weight 11.943 g, maximum diameter 23.2 mm, die axis 270o, Sikyon mint, c. 335 - 330 B.C.; obverse chimera advancing left, paw raised, wreath above, ΣE below; reverse dove flying left, I left, all within olive wreath; ex CNG Auction 312, lot 88; from a collection formed in the late 1930s; SOLD


Olympia, Elis, Peloponnesos, Greece, c. 323 - 271 B.C.

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Certificate of Authenticity issued by David R. Sear.


These coins were only minted every four years during the Olympic Games, and were minted on the grounds of the games in a sacred ritualistic manner.

SH15311. Silver hemidrachm, BMC Peloponnesus p. 67, 83, gF, toned, weight 2.562 g, maximum diameter 15.3 mm, die axis 180o, Olympia mint, c. 323 - 271 B.C.; obverse laureate head of the Olympian Zeus right; reverse eagle standing right on Ionic capital, wings closed, F - A in fields, all within shallow circular incuse; ex "B.C.D." Collection, conservative grading by Mr. Sear; very scarce; SOLD


Anaktorion, Akarnania, Greece, c. 350 - 300 B.C.

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Anaktorion (Anactorium) was a Corinthian colony, founded c. 630 B.C. on the south bank of the Ambracian Gulf, near modern Vonitsa. The location was favorable for trade and shipping but less so for farming. The residents engaged in trade, fishing and logging. Like the other cities of Acarnania, Anaktorion declined after the Battle of Actium when Augustus founded Nikopolis on the other side of the Ambracian Gulf and forced the its residents to move there. No archaeological excavations have yet been done at the site and few ruins remain visible above ground.Anaktorion
SH19454. Silver stater, Pegasi II 30, BCD Akarnania 89, BMC Corinth p. 118, 35, aEF, weight 8.378 g, maximum diameter 22.4 mm, die axis 180o, Anaktorion mint, c. 350 - 300 B.C.; obverse Pegasos with pointed wing flying right, ligate AN below; reverse head of Athena (or Aphrodite) right in Corinthian helmet over leather cap, tripod in wreath and ligate AN behind; SOLD


Sikyon, Peloponnesos, Greece, c. 431 - 400 B.C.

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Sikyon was located in the northern Peloponnesus between Corinth and Achaea. Sicyon was known in antiquity for its industries including wood sculpture, bronze work, and pottery. Its central location meant it was frequently involved in the wars of its neighbors, Thebes, Corinth, Athens and Sparta.
SH21690. Silver hemidrachm, BCD Peloponnesos 205.2 (same dies), gVF, nicely toned, weight 2.824 g, maximum diameter 19.6 mm, die axis 180o, Sikyon mint, c. 431 - 400 B.C.; obverse Chimera advancing left, ΣI below; reverse dove flying left; SOLD


Olympia, Elis, Peloponnesos, Greece, c. 250 - 240 B.C.

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Certificate of Authenticity issued by David R. Sear.

These coins were only minted every four years during the Olympic Games, and were minted on the grounds of the games in a sacred ritualistic manner. This type is from the last issue.
SH15309. Silver hemidrachm, BMC Peloponnesus p. 73, 139, attractive VF, weight 2.330 g, maximum diameter 16.0 mm, die axis 90o, Olympia mint, c. 250 - 240 B.C.; obverse laureate head of the Olympian Zeus right; reverse F - A either side of wingless fulmen, all within olive wreath; ex Leu Numismatik 90, 228; very scarce; SOLD


Sikyon, Peloponnesos, Greece, 400 - 300 B.C.

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The chimera was a mythological monstrous fire-breathing creature of Lycia composed of the parts of a lion, a snake and a goat. Usually depicted as a lion, with the head of a goat arising from its back, and a tail that ended in a snake's head, the Chimera was one of the offspring of Typhon and Echidna and a sibling of such monsters as Cerberus and the Lernaean Hydra. The term chimaera has come to describe any mythical or fictional animal with parts taken from various animals, or to describe anything perceived as wildly imaginative or implausible.
GS37427. Silver hemidrachm, SNG Cop 59 - 60; BMC Peloponnesus, p. 46, 118; BCD Peloponnesos 301.1, gVF, nicely centered, weight 2.809 g, maximum diameter 15.7 mm, die axis 0o, Sikyon mint, obverse Chimera standing left, ΣI below; reverse dove flying left, No above tail; ex BCD collection; SOLD


Achaean League, Olympia, Elis, Peloponnesos, Greece, c. 50 - 30 B.C.

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SH20831. Silver hemidrachm, Benner p. 86, 4; BCD Peloponnesos (LHS 96) p. 176, 688 (this coin); Clerk 272, EF, weight 2.181 g, maximum diameter 17.3 mm, die axis 180o, Olympia mint, obverse ΘPAKYΛEΩN (behind), laureate head of Zeus right; reverse large Achaian League (AX) monogram, NAT monogram above, FA ligate left, XE ligate right, thunderbolt below, all within laurel wreath; attractive depiction of Zeus, mint luster, ex BCD Collection, ex Harlan Berk; rare; SOLD


Macedonian Kingdom, Kassander - Antigonos II Gonatas, c. 310 - 275 B.C., In the Name of Alexander the Great

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Born a leader, Alexander's genius and charisma led the Macedonian army to create an empire covering most of the then-known world, from Greece to India. His reign begins the Hellenistic Age, a time when civilization flourished. He was regarded as a god and his fame grew even greater after his premature death at thirty-three.
SH59923. Silver tetradrachm, Price 823, Müller Alexander 165, VF, exquisite style, weight 17.181 g, maximum diameter 26.7 mm, die axis 90o, Greece mint, c. 310 - 275 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, wearing Nemean Lion skin, scalp over head, forepaws tied at neck; reverse AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus Aëtophoros enthroned left, eagle in right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, right leg drawn back, MΠO monogram left, star under throne; SOLD


Olympia, Elis, Greece, 235 - 191 B.C.

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SH08308. Silver drachm, Seltman Olympia, group L, 35; BMC Peloponnesus 134; SGCV I 2899 var, toned gVF, weight 4.65 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 90o, Olympia mint, 235 - 191 B.C.; obverse eagle flying right, grasping hare in talons; reverse F - A, thunderbolt; beautiful old cabinet toning, ex B.A. Seaby (London); SOLD




  




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