Ancient Greek Silver Corinth Stater Coin of Timoleon of Syracuse - 341 BC

Ancient Coins - Ancient Greek Silver Corinth Stater Coin of Timoleon of Syracuse - 341 BC
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An ancient Greek silver stater of "Corinth type", struck in the city of Syracuse, under Timoleon of Corinth, circa 344 - 336 BC.


The obverse (image ii) with the iconic image of the mythological flying horse, Pegasos.


The reverse (image i) with the helmeted head of Athena. She is shown wearing a pushed back Corinthian helmet, the locks of her hair tumbling out from under the neck guard. The legend reading:


SURAKOSIWN


"Of Syracuse"



Situated at the heart of the Mediterranean on a stretch of land connecting mainland Greece to the Peloponnese, Corinth quickly become one of antiquity's most important trading destinations. The booming economy of the region soon pushed Corinth to strike some of the earliest Greek coins, around the beginning of the 5th Century BC.


In 344 Corinth received a call for military aid from Syracuse and promptly sent their general, Timoleon, for Sicily. When he arrived he discovered that there was no locally minted currency that would be suitable to pay his troops. As soon as silver bullion became available, he began to mint his own coins and perhaps unsurprisingly, he chose the famous obverse and reverse designs of his native Corinth for these new silver staters.  



Diameter: 22.80 mm.


Weight: 8.45 g.


Provenance:


Ex. German private collection, with an attractive old cabinet tone.

Preis SKU: 30351
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