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Persephone was the embodiment of the Earth's fertility, Queen of the Underworld, daughter of Demeter and Zeus and the consort of Hades.
Mytilene, Lesbos, c. 377 - 326 B.C.
Mytilene was famous in ancient times for its great output of electrum coins struck from the late 6th through mid - 4th centuries B.C. The usual denomination was the hekte (1/6th stater). Warwick Wroth noted in the British Museum Catalog, "The Sixths of [this Lesboselectrum series] form one of the most beautiful coin-series of the ancient world. This will be evident from a glance."SH86293. Electrum hekte, Bodenstedt 99; SNG Cop 321; SNGvA 1729; SNG Lockett 2763; BMC Lesbos p. 66, 98; Boston MFA 1735; Weber 5631; Pozzi 2331; HGC 6 1025 (R1), VF, light scratches, tight flan, weight 2.547 g, maximum diameter 10.7 mm, die axis 0o, Mytilene mint, c. 377 - 326 B.C.; obversehead of Kabeiros right, wearing pileus wreathed with laurel, two stars flanking cap; reversehead of Persephone right, wearing round earring, hair rolled, within linear square; $550.00 SALE PRICE $495.00
Akrai, Sicily, c. 211 - 80 B.C.
Akrai was a small colony founded by Syracuse in 664 B.C. to secure the inland road to Gela. Constructed on the peak of a hill, Akrai was difficult to attack and ideal for watching the surrounding territory. Loyal to Syracuse, it nevertheless had administrative and military autonomy. Thanks to its strategic position, the city achieved great prosperity, peaking during the reign of Hieron II, 275 - 215 B.C. Its coinage was only issued after the fall of Syracuse in 211 B.C. when it became part of the Roman province Acre. The city continued to be under Roman rule into the Byzantine period.GI79952. Bronze AE 23, SNG ANS 902; SNG Cop 9; Calciati III p. 37, 1 var. (KP ligate); BMC Sicily p. 2, 1 var. (same); HGC 2 180 (S) var. (same); SNG Morcom -, aF, glossy lime-green patina, scratches, uneven strike, weight 7.517 g, maximum diameter 22.8 mm, die axis 0o, Akrai (Palazzolo Acreide, Sicily, Italy) mint, c. 210 - 80 B.C.; obversehead of Persephone right, hair rolled and wreathed with barley; reverse AK-P-AIΩN, Demeter standing left, wearing long chiton and peplos, torch in right hand, scepter in left hand; rare; $125.00 SALE PRICE $113.00
Syracuse, Sicily, Timoleon and the Third Democracy, c. 344 - 317 B.C.
The goddess on the obverse has been identified by different authorities as Aphrodite, Arethusa and Persephone.SH63881. Bronze hemilitron, Calciati II p. 184, 79; SNG ANS 530 - 532, VF, weight 5.254 g, maximum diameter 16.0 mm, die axis 180o, Syracuse mint, c. 344 - 317 B.C.; obverse ΣYPAKOΣIΩN, head of goddess (Aphrodite?) left, hair bound with fillet and tied in knot at back of head, wearing triple pendant earring and necklace; reverse forepart of Pegasos with curved wings left, Σ below; SOLD