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Uncertain (Ionia or Aegean Islands?), c. 550 - 450 B.C.
We received this coin attributed to Kythnos, Cyclades Islands, Greece, but neither the boar's head nor the incuse punch share the same style with specimens from Kythnos known to Forum. The origin of this coin is uncertain. If it is a great rarity of high value, please let us know so we can raise the price before you buy it (just kidding, go ahead, buy it). GA86886. Silver tetartemorion, VF, centered, toned, porous, weight 0.153 g, maximum diameter 5.2 mm, uncertain mint, c. 550 - 450 B.C.; obverseboarhead right; reverseincuse square; very rare; $95.00 (Ä80.75)
Skarpheia, Lokri Opuntii, Lokris, Greece, 3rd - 2nd Century B.C.
BCD notes, "A remarkable, hitherto unknown coin of a rare mint with a reverse clearly inscribed SK on the left below the shield. The obversestyle appears to be earlier rather than later; the coin therefore may have been struck during the third rather than the second century B.C."GB49604. Bronze AE 12, BCD Lokris (NAC 55) 159.1 (this coin, otherwise unpublished), F, encrustations, weight 2.143 g, maximum diameter 12.2 mm, die axis 0o, Skarpheia mint, obversehead of Demeter right; reverseAjax the Lesser advancing left, shield in left, sword in right, seen from ĺ behind (as on the Opuntii and Lokri drachms), SK on the left below the shield; ex BCD Collection, ex Numismatic Ars Classica Auction 55, 159.1; unique?; SOLD
Aetolian League, Aetolia, Greece, c. 205 - 150 B.C.
The Aetolian League was a confederation of tribal communities and cities centered in central Greece, probably established to oppose Macedon and the Achaean League. Other Greeks considered Aetolians to be semi-barbaric, but their league had an effective political and administrative structure and a powerful army. By the end of the 3rd century B.C., it controlled the whole of central Greece outside Attica. At its height, the league included Locris, Malis, Dolopes, part of Thessaly, Phocis, and Acarnania. Some Mediterranean city-states, such as Kydonia on Crete, joined. As the first Greek ally of the Roman Republic, the league helped defeat Philip V of Macedon. Roman meddling in Greek affairs shifted opinion and a few years later the league sided with Antiochus III, the anti-Roman Seleucid king. Antiochus' defeat in 189 B.C. forced the league to sign a treaty that allowed it to exist but made it an feeble pawn of the Roman Republic.SH53974. Silver triobol, Tsangari 1255 (D14/R193), BCD Akarnania 501, VF, lightly toned, weight 2.464 g, maximum diameter 16.4 mm, die axis 270o, Aitolian mint, obversehead of Aetolia right, wearing kausia; reverse AITΩΛΩN, the Calydonian boar standing right, monograms below, spearhead in exergue; ex CNG auction 256, lot 87; SOLD