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Ancient Coins of Corinth (and Other Corinthian Type Staters)

Corinth, on the Isthmus of Corinth about halfway between Athens and Sparta, was the largest city and the richest port in ancient Greece. Horace is quoted as saying: "non licet omnibus adire Corinthum," which translates, "Not everyone is able to go to Corinth" (referring to the expensive living standards in the city). Corinth was known as an especially "wild" city (the Las Vegas of its time). At the Temple of Aphrodite, the goddess of love, 1,000 sacred prostitutes served the wealthy merchants and the powerful officials living in or visiting the city. The most famous of them, Lais, was said to have extraordinary abilities and charged tremendous fees for her favors. Korinthiazomai was a Greek word for fornicate.

Leukas, Akarnania, Greece, c. 320 - 280 B.C.

|Akarnania|, |Leukas,| |Akarnania,| |Greece,| |c.| |320| |-| |280| |B.C.||stater|NEW
The ancient town of Leucas was a Corinthian colony founded to the south of the modern capital of the island of Lefkada in the 8th century B.C. During the Peloponnesian War, Leucas joined the Peloponnesian League. Locals believe Lefkada was Homer's Ithaca, and the palace of Odysseus was located west of Nydri on the south coast. They cite several passages in the Odyssey as evidence, the most notable describes Ithaca as an island reachable on foot - Lefkada is not actually an island - it is connected to the mainland by a narrow causeway.
SH98008. Silver stater, BCD Akarnania 277 (same dies); Pegasi II p. 427, 129 var. (Pegasos left); BMC Corinth p. 132, 91 var. (same); HGC 4 828 (S), VF, toned, Pegasos flatly struck, light marks, graffito (Σ) reverse upper left, weight 8.529 g, maximum diameter 21.6 mm, die axis 270o, Leucas (Lefkada, Greece) mint, c. 320 - 280 B.C.; obverse Pegasos with pointed wing flying right, Λ below; reverse head of Athena (or Aphrodite) left, wearing Corinthian helmet over a leather cap, and pearl necklace, A and grapes on vine hanging over a kantharos behind; from the CEB Collection; rare variant; $500.00 (€410.00) ON RESERVE


Corinth, Corinthia, Greece, c. 515 - 475 B.C.

|Corinth|, |Corinth,| |Corinthia,| |Greece,| |c.| |515| |-| |475| |B.C.||stater|
 
GS41258. Silver stater, Pozzi 3696, Ravel 299, SNG Cop -, BMC Corinth -, toned VF, nice archaic style, toned, slightly ragged oval flan, weight 8.575 g, maximum diameter 24.6 mm, die axis 315o, Corinth mint, c. 515 - 475 B.C.; obverse Pegasos flying right, koppa below; reverse helmeted head of Athena left in shallow incuse square, koppa behind; ex Hesperia Art, 300 East 57th St., NY; from the Dr. J. Hewitt Judd Collection (author of United States Pattern Coins Experimental & Trial Pieces); rare; SOLD


Corinth, Corinthia, Greece, c. 431 - 338 B.C.

|Corinth|, |Corinth,| |Corinthia,| |Greece,| |c.| |431| |-| |338| |B.C.||diobol|
The obverse depicts Pegasos in the classical style, the reverse in archaic style.
GS41254. Silver diobol, Pozzi 3829 var., BMC Corinth -, SNG Cop -, VF, weight 0.887 g, maximum diameter 10.7 mm, die axis 90o, Corinth mint, obverse Pegasos, with pointed wings, flying left, koppa below; reverse Pegasos, with curled wing, trotting left, pellet below, koppa lower left, inverted K upper right; from the Dr. J. Hewitt Judd Collection (author of United States Pattern Coins Experimental & Trial Pieces); rare; SOLD







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