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Olympia, Elis, Peloponnesos, Greece, c. 330 - 256 B.C.
Olympia, an ancient Greek sanctuary in Elis on the Peloponnese peninsula, was the site of the Olympic Games every four years from the 8th century B.C. to the 4th century A.D. In 394 A.D., the Roman emperor Theodosius I abolished the games because they honored the pagan gods of ancient Greece.GB85874. Bronze tetrachalkon, BCD Olympia 273; BCD Peloponnesos 654; BMC Peloponnesus p. 71, 116; SNG Cop 433; HGC 5 518 (R1), VF, nice green patina, inscriptions weak, corrosion, weight 4.669 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 270o, Olympia mint, c. 330 - 256 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Zeus right; reverse horse galloping right, F A above, ΠYP (magistrate) below; ex BCD with his tag noting, "Ex Prof. James Brindley Coll., Sotheby's, 1st Oct. 1987, lot 794 (part), the lot for £1150+15.5%."; rare; $175.00 SALE PRICE $158.00
Achaean League, Pallantion, Achaia, Peloponnesos, Greece, c. 88 - 30 B.C.
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 SALE PRICE $126.00
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, obverseeagle 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
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