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Live auction - bgr_457648 - AKARNANIA - LEUKAS Statère

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Estimate : 850 €
Price : no bid
Maximum bid : no bid
End of the sale : 12 December 2017 14:11:31
Type : Statère
Date: c. 320 AC.
Mint name / Town : Leucas, Acarnanie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 22 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 8,52 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un petit flan ovale, légèrement décentré au droit sur la tête de Pégase. Jolie représentation inhabituelle du revers. Patine de collection ancienne avec des reflets dorés
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient de la vente Burgan en 1993, n° 360, de la LIVE AUCTION 1004, n° 1015 et de la collection du Docteur Frédéric Nordmann


Obverse description : Pégase volant à droite.
Obverse legend : LEU.
Obverse translation : (Leucas).


Reverse description : Tête d'Athéna à droite, coiffée du casque corinthien ; derrière pampre surmontée d’une grappe de raisin au-dessus d’une amphore.
Reverse legend : A-I.


Représentation inhabituelle au revers. Coin bouché au droit sous le Pégase et sur les sabots arrière.

Historical background

Acarnania - LEUCAS

(350-306 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 Leucas was still the third and second centuries BC the issuer of the powerful league Acarnanienne created after 196 BC center After the collapse of the League in 167 BC, the city experienced an economic revival, which lasted until the beginning of the first century BC.

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