Karystos, Euboia, 369 - 265 B.C.
A Persian force landed at Carystus in 490 B.C. and quickly subdued its inhabitants. Soon after the Battle of Salamis, in 480 B.C., the Athenian fleet led by Themistocles extorted money from the city. When Athenians then asked Carystus to join the Delian League, the city refused. Athens would not accept a refusal, so they attacked and plundered Carystus, forcing the city to join the league.GS74058. Silver hemidrachm, BCD Euboia 566; SNG Cop 420; Traité 151; BMC Central Greece p. 101, 10 var. (abbreviated ethnic), F, toned, marks, edge bumps, weight 1.836 g, maximum diameter 13.2 mm, die axis 0o, Karystos mint, 369 - 265 B.C.; obverse bearded head of Herakles right, wearing Nemean Lion scalp headdress tied at the neck; reverse palm tree, club left, KAP−YΣTI/ΩN across field; ex BCD Collection with his round tag noting "'Argos' Coll., through DGP, Feb 74, 4000 drs."; very rare;
$180.00 SALE PRICE $162.00Chalkis, Euboia, Greece, c. 290 - 271 B.C.
Khalkís, also Chalkis or Chalcis, is a city in eastern Greece, capital of the Aegean island department of Euboea (Évvoia), on the strait of Evripos near Athens. The ancient city, inhabited by Ionians, was an important commercial and industrial center. In the 8th and 7th centuries BC, Khalkís was a base for the establishment of colonies in Macedonia (there giving its name to the peninsula of Chalcidice) and in Sicily. It was successively thereafter an Athenian, a Macedonian, and a Roman possession.GB67799. Bronze AE 14, BCD Euboia 183, Picard Emission 31, SNG Cop 443, SGCV I 2488, VF, some corrosion, weight 1.877 g, maximum diameter 14.0 mm, die axis 270o, Chalkis mint, c. 290 - 271 B.C.; obverse head of Hera facing slightly to right, wearing necklace and diadem decorated with discs and dangling ribbons; reverse eagle flying right, carrying snake in its talons and beak, star above, X−AΛ counterclockwise from lower left;
$75.00 SALE PRICE $67.50Roman Military in Macedonia, c. 168 B.C., Imitative of Type from Histiaia, North Euboea, Greece
Sear notes crude Histiaia imitations seem to have been struck in Macedonia just prior to the Roman victory in 168 B.C. During the Republic, Roman military mints sometimes struck imitative types to make local payments. Examples include Thasian imitatives in Macedonia and Philip Philadelphos imitatives at Antioch. This Histiaia type tetrobol is almost certainly one of the imitatives struck in Macedonia by the Roman military.GS77476. Silver tetrobol, See SGCV I p. 233 note following 2498; regarding imitatives of a 2nd century B.C. type from Histiaia, North Euboea, Greece, F, flan crack, weight 2.048 g, maximum diameter 15.3 mm, die axis 180o, Roman military(?) mint, c. 168 B.C.; obverse head of nymph Histiaia right, wreathed with vine, hair rolled; reverse IΣTIAEΩN, nymph Histiaia seated right on stern of a galley holding naval standard, ornate apluster, wing ornament on hull, trident head and monogram below;
$60.00 SALE PRICE $54.00Histiaia, Euboia, Greece, c. 4th - 3rd Century B.C.
Histiaia, named after its patron nymph, commanded a strategic position overlooking the narrows leading to the North Euboian Gulf. In the Iliad, Homer describes the surrounding plain as "rich in vines." In the early 4th century B.C., Histiaia seems to have been largely under the control of Sparta until they joined the Second Athenian Confederacy in 376 - 375. The city appears to have become a member (for the first time) of the reconstituted league of Euboian cities in 340, but its allegiance during most of the 4th century seems to have vacillated between Athens and Macedonia.GB79919. Bronze AE 12, BCD Euboia 455; BMC Central p. 125, 9; SNG Cop 537 var. (control), F, corrosion, pitting, weight 2.325 g, maximum diameter 12.2 mm, die axis 90o, Histiaia mint, c. 4th - 3rd century B.C.; obverse head of nymph Histiaia right, rolled hair, wearing wreath of ivy, pendant earring and necklace; reverse bull standing right, bunch of grapes (control symbol) above, IΣTI below; rare;
$60.00 SALE PRICE $54.00
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