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Peloponnesos, Greece

Arkadia, Arkadian League, c. 430 - 420 B.C.

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Like all the nymphs of Artemis, Kallisto took a vow of chastity, but Zeus transformed himself into the figure of Artemis and seduced her. Months later, while Kallisto was bathing, Artemis saw was pregnant, became enraged, and transformed her into a bear. Kallisto later gave birth to her son Arcas. Sixteen years later Kallisto, still a bear, encountered her son Arcas hunting in the forest. Just as Arcas was about to kill his own mother with his javelin, Zeus averted tragedy by placing mother and son amongst the stars as Ursa Major and Ursa Minor, respectively. The Arcadians claimed descent from Zeus and their "bear-mother" Kallisto through her son Arcas.
GS85071. Silver hemidrachm, Williams Arcadians period IV, cf. BCD Peloponnesos 1465, SNG Cop 171, HGC 5 917 (R3), aVF, fine style, dark toning, light etching/porosity, weight 2.712 g, maximum diameter 14.8 mm, die axis 270o, Mantineia (Tripoli, Arcadia, Greece) mint, c. 430 - 420 B.C.; obverse Zeus Lykaios seated left on a throne without back, nude to the waist, himation around hips and legs, eagle flying left over his extended right hand, long scepter vertical behind in his left hand; reverse head of nymph Kallisto left, hair rolled, A-P-K-A around, all within incuse square; this style head of Kallisto is extremely rare, this reverse die is unpublished in the references examined; extremely rare; $200.00 (€178.00)

Achaean League, Pallantion, Achaia, Peloponnesos, Greece, c. 88 - 30 B.C.

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GS85328. Silver triobol or hemidrachm, Benner p. 86, 4; BMC Peloponnesus 124; BCD Peloponnesos 1593.2; McClean 6507; Clerk 219; SNG Cop 290; Hunterian 26; Dewing 1851; HGC 5 969 (R1), aVF, weight 2.085 g, maximum diameter 14.9 mm, die axis 225o, Pallantion (near Tripoli, Arcadia, Greece) mint, c. 88 - 30 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Zeus left; reverse large Achaian League (AX) monogram, Π-A-Λ clockwise from left side, YE monogram and trident head upward below, all within laurel wreath; $140.00 (€124.60)

Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D., Methana, Pelopennesus, Greece

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All coinage of Methana is rare. This coin is known to us only from the referenced LHS Numismatik AG auction, which references an example in Numismatic Commentary on Pausanias (1887) by F. Imhoof-Blumer and P. Gardner

Methana was an obscure town a few miles north of Troezen. Pausanias (ii. 34) mentions hot the springs which burst forth near this city in the time of Antigonus Gonatas. The region still bears evidences of violent volcanic action.
RP12669. Bronze AE 21, Gill Methana 3.2.D. NCP p. 50, 1332.3 (from LHS Numismatik AG Auction 96); BMC Peloponnesus -; Lindgren -, VF, weight 3.516 g, maximum diameter 21.2 mm, die axis 135o, Pelopennesus, Methana mint, obverse [...] - CEVHPOC[Π?], laureate bust right, slight drapery on far shoulder; reverse ME[ΘA]−NAIΩN, Neptune standing facing, head left, dolphin in extended right, vertical trident in left; extremely rare; SOLD



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