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Silver stater, Aegina, 480-456 BCE (obverse: tortoise; reverse: incuse), no. 233


1. Lydia, silver siglos (ca. 560-546 BCE; 4 gr) minted by Croesus, facing lion and bull; reverse, two punch marks (incuse) (no.1651).

2. Persia, silver siglos (550 BCE; 5 gr): obverse, kneeling king with spear and bow; reverse, irregular punch (incuse) (no. 1652).

3. Chios, silver didrachm (ca 500 BCE; 7 gr): obverse, sphinx; reverse, punch mark (incuse) (no. 2044).

4. Aegina, silver obol (mid 5th-4th c. BCE; 2 gr): obverse, turtle; reverse, 5 part punch mark (incuse) (no.?).

5. Athens, silver tetradrachm (490-400 BCE; 16 gr): obverse, head of Athena; reverse, owl, olive, wreath, crescent moon, inscr. (no. 2032).

6. Aegina, silver stater (ca. 480-456 BCE; 11 gr): obverse, turtle; reverse, 5 part punch mark (incuse) (no. 233)

7. Athens, silver diobol (BCE 399-300; 1.27 gr): obverse, helmetted head of Athena; reverse, double-bodied owl with a single head facing (no. 2036).

8. Athens, silver hemiobol (5th c.?; 1 gr): obverse, head; reverse, owl (no. 2037).

9. Athens, silver-plated bronze (ancient counterfeit?) tetradrachm (186-146 BCE; 14 gr): obverse, head of Athena; reverse, owl on an amphora, Dioscuroi, inscription () (no. 2023).

10. Athens, silver stater (4thc. BCE; 8 gr): obverse, head of Athena; reverse, Themistokles on the prow of a ship (no. 2027).

11. Corinth, silver stater (350-338 BCE; 8 gr): obverse, head of Athena; reverse, Pegasus, inscription ( [koppa]= K for Korinthos) (no. 236).

12. Corinth, silver stater (ca. 400-338 BCE; 8 gr): obverse, head of Athena; reverse, Pegasus, inscription ( [koppa]= K for Korinthos) (no. 2041).

13. Corinth, silver stater (ca. 338-300 BCE; 8 gr): obverse, head of Athena; reverse, Pegasus, inscription ( [koppa]= K for Korinthos) (no. 2031).

14. Syracuse, silver tetradrachm (485-479 BCE; 16 gr): obverse, head of Arethusa surrounded by dolphins, inscr. ("of the Syracusans"); reverse, quadriga, Nike (goddess of victory) (no. 2028).

15. Syracuse, silver dekadrachm (413 BCE; 36 gr): obverse, head of Arethusa, her hair in a net, signed KIMON; reverse, quadriga, Nike (goddess of victory); in exergue, helmet, thorax, greaves, and shield ranged on steps, inscription (, "war trophies") (electrotype modern copy, no. 6000).

16. Elis, silver drachm (after 191 BCE; 2 gr): obverse, head of Zeus, inscription (FA= "of the Achaian League"); reverse, monogram of League in wreath (no. 1953).

17. Tenedos, silver drachm (2nd-1stc. BCE; 3 gr): obverse, Janiform heads (male and female); reverse, double-axe surrounded by a wreath; (silver over bronze?, an ancient counterfeit) (no. 2025).

18. Lampsacus, silver obol (500-450 BCE; 1.17 gr): obverse, Janiform heads (both female); reverse, head of Athena (helmetless, nymph Lapsake?) in square incuse (no. 2030).

19. Miletus, silver tetradrachm (ca. 328 BCE; 15 gr): obverse, head of Herakles; reverse, statue of Zeus of Olympia (no. 2039).

20. Lakedaemon, bronze obol (3rd-2ndc. BCE; 5 gr): obverse, head of Lykourgos (historical law-giver), inscription ; reverse, club of Herakles, inscription (="of the Lakedaimonians") in wreath (no. 2035).

21. Neapolis, silver drachm (ca. 370 or 200-241 BCE; 7 gr): obverse, fremale head (Siren Parthenope?); reverse, man headed bull (river Acheloos?) crowned by Nike (goddess of victory) (no. 2042).

22. Syria, silver tetradrachm (93-83 BCE; 14 gr): obverse, head of Philip Philadelphos; reverse, Olympian Zeus, inscription (=[minted by] "King Philip the August Philadelphos") (no. 384).

23. Egypt, silver tetradrachm (323-285 or 285-217 BCE; 13 gr): obverse, diademed head of Ptolemy I Soter or Ptolemy II Philadelphos; reverse, eagle on thunderbolt, inscription (=[minted by] "King Ptolemy") (no. 416).

24. Elis, silver drachm (323-300 BCE; 4 gr): obverse, eagle carrying hare; reverse, winged thunderbolt, inscription (FA= "of the Achaian League") (no. 1654).

25. Aetolia, silver hemidrachm (279-168 BCE; 2 gr): obverse, female (Atalanta?, nymph Aitolia?) wearing hat; reverse, boar above spearhead, inscription (="of the Aitolians") (no. 2043).

26. Boeotia (Thebes), silver drachm (220-197 BCE; 7 gr): obverse, face of Demeter or Persephone; reverse, Poseidon holding a trident, dolphin, inscription (="of the Boiotians") (no. 1958).

27. Sicyon, silver hemidrachm (431-404 BCE; 2 gr): obverse, Chimaera, inscription (="of the Sikyonians"); reverse, dove (eagle?) (no. 2026).

28. Alexandria (?), silver hemidrachm (ca. 326 BCE; 3 gr): obverse, head of Herakles or Alexander; reverse, Zeus, eagle with a rose near its leg inscription (A for Alexandria?) under chair (no. 2034).

29. India (Punjab), bronze azis (1stc. BCE; 9 gr): obverse, Demeter seated with cornucopia, inscription; reverse, seated Hermes, native inscription meaning "king" (no. 410).

30. Macedon, bronze drachm (220-179 BCE; 8 gr): obverse, head of Herakles (Philip V); reverse, inscription ( in wreath= [minted by] "King Philip") (no. 2029).

31. Tarentum, silver stater (ca. 500 BCE; 8 gr): obverse, Taras (eponymous hero) on dolphin holding a cuttlefish; reverse, bridled seahorse (hippocamp) over cockel shell (no. 2024).

32. Macedon, bronze drachm (178-168 BCE; 6 gr): obverse, Perseus with scythe-knife (harpe); reverse, eagle (no. 2038).

33. Macedon, silver hemidrachm (ca. 356 BCE; 2 gr): obverse, male head (Ares? Apollo?); reverse, horseman, inscription (= [minted by] "Philip") (no. 2040).

34. Rhodes, silver hemidrachm (166-88 BCE; 1 gr): obverse, face of Helios (sun god) with sunbeams; reverse, rose, rising sun (no. 2033).

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