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Live auction - bgr_532280 - AKARNANIA - LEUKAS Statère

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Type : Statère
Date: c. 350-320 AC.
Mint name / Town : Leucas, Acarnanie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 20,5 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 8,56 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un petit flan bien centré. Joli Pégase élancé. Belle tête d’Athéna à l’usure superficielle. Belle patine de collection ancienne avec des reflets mordorés et bleutés


Obverse description : Pégase volant à droite.


Reverse description : Tête d'Athéna à droite, coiffée du casque corinthien ; derrière un hippocampe ?.
Reverse legend : L.
Reverse translation : (Leucas).


Ce type semble plus rare. Le symbole placé derrière la tête d’Athéna semble stylisé et fait penser à un serpent ou à un hippocampe.

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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