Historical Greek Coins

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Constable, 1906 - Numismatics, Greek - 180 pages
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Page 40 - ... from the value of their sacrifice that they should be repaid in part or in whole. Very few specimens of the Damareteion are extant. Evans2 enumerates ten specimens, and among these he distinguishes no less than four different dies for the one side of the coin, and three for the other. Nevertheless ' the general style of the engraving is so uniform on all the existing varieties of the Damareteion, that we must continue to regard them as having been struck contemporaneously.
Page 85 - It is improbable, however, that the son of Hipparinus occupied any constitutional position at Zacynthus. It was as much to the advantage of the Zacynthians as to his own that he should be allowed to convert some of his silver into coin, of which a large proportion would be spent in the island. That it was not intended primarily to be carried in his treasure chest to Sicily is proved by the standard on which it is struck. That is the Aeginetic, in use in Zacynthus and Peloponnesus, but not in Sicily....
Page 45 - Seilenos, as we learn from Euripides' satyric drama Kyklops, was enslaved by Polyphemos, and dwelt in the caves of Aetna with his savage master. More generally the head of Seilenos may be taken as pointing to the cultus of Dionysos, who, as we know from other coins, was especially revered at Catana ; but, as if still further to specialise the locality, the artist has placed beneath the head of Seilenos one of those huge scarabei, icdvdapot,, for which Mount Aetna was celebrated.
Page 118 - ... Demetrius at Florence,2 combined with the reverse type of Athena Promachos; and the types of our tetradrachm are also found on silver drachms and half-drachms. All these were probably issued together. THE FOUNDATION OF THE SELEUCID KINGDOM 306 BC 70. Obv. Head of Seleucus ir in helmet covered with skin and adorned with horn and ear of bull ; round his neck, lion's skin. 1 Collignon, Hist. de la Sculpt. Gr., ii. PI. x; EA Gardner, Handbook, p. 486. For the various excavations, see especially Conze,...
Page 84 - Attica, and made a considerable impression on the Greeks at home, by his wealth as well as by his personal qualities. He received the citizenship of Sparta, he was honoured by Epidaurus, and his relations with the Academy at Athens are well known. As he chose Zacynthus for his base, that city must have granted him special facilities. Among these was the right to issue a coinage to pay his troops. The coin before us bears his name and the letters IA (for...
Page 77 - It is not strictly accurate to speak of the coinage of Elis, as if it were a single city state.
Page 130 - ... these coins are to be referred to Gonatas rather than Doson. 188 Monnaies Grecques, p. 128. For myself I cannot refrain from expressing a suspicion that the coins of Antigonos Gonatas, with this naval type, were struck at an earlier date in his reign. Already in 280 we find him aiding Pyrrhus with hia ships.
Page 85 - ... the known date of 357 for the activity of the Syracusan Dion at Zacynthus has been seized on as a welcome anchor. But it is fair to add that Hill adopted this view only with some hesitation, for he writes, 'Had we not known of the connexion of Dion with Zacynthus, the Dion of the coin would have been taken for an ordinary magistrate like the Anaxippus who signed coins in the period immediately following'; and we may add that other names occur on the coins of Zacynthus. It would surely be contrary...

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