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Live auction - bgr_578493 - AKARNANIA - LEUKAS Statère ou didrachme

AKARNANIA - LEUKAS Statère ou didrachme AU
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Type : Statère ou didrachme
Date: c. 350-330 AC.
Mint name / Town : Leucas
Metal : silver
Diameter : 23 mm
Orientation dies : 7 h.
Weight : 8,38 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Flan ovale, centré. Belle représentation du revers avec un petit Hermes légèrement hors champ mais bien visible. Patine grise avec de légers reflets dorés
Catalogue references :


Obverse description : Pégase volant à gauche.
Obverse legend : L.


Reverse description : Tête d'Athéna à droite, coiffée du casque corinthien ; derrière Hermès attachant une sandale.
Reverse legend : L.


Leucas, comme les types monétaires l'indiquent, était une colonie corinthienne. Ces statères étaient largement utilisés pour le commerce avec Syracuse et l'Italie. La ville fut le second centre de production pour les poulains juste après la métropole de Corinthe. Ce monnayage dura jusqu'à la destruction de la métropole en 306 avant J.-C. La série au caducée semble être l'une des plus importantes. Nous avons proposé dans MONNAIES III, un statère similaire, mais avec Pégase tourné à gauche (n° 39).

Historical background

Acarnania - LEUCAS

(400-350 BC)

Leucas is an island 32 km long and 12 km at its widest point, connected to the mainland by an isthmus. The city was located opposite the entrance to the Gulf of Ambracia. Its name comes from the many limestone hills of the island. Corinthian colony was founded between 650 and 625 BC As the coin types indicate, Leucas was a Corinthian colony. These staters were widely used for trade with Syracuse and Italy. The city was the second production center for foals just after Corinth, the metropolis. This coinage continued until the destruction of Corinth in 306 BC.

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