VF Elaia Aeolis AE11 340-275 BC Head of Athena / Grain Kernel in Wreath

Ancient Coins - VF Elaia Aeolis AE11 340-275 BC Head of Athena / Grain Kernel in Wreath
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Elaia, Aeolis, c. 340 - 275 B.C.
 
GB92019. Bronze AE 11, SNG Cop 169; SNGvA 1605; SNG München 386; SNG Tübingen 2685; BMC Troas p. 126, 11, VF, some porosity, light earthen deposits, 1.387g, 11.2mm, 270o, Elaia (near Zeytindag, Turkey) mint, head of Athena left in Corinthian helmet; reverse Ε − Λ either side of grain kernel, the whole within olive wreath; ex FORVM (2009), ex Mediterranean Coins
 
Herodotus describes the following story relevant to the olive wreath. Xerxes was interrogating some Arcadians after the Battle of Thermopylae. Asked why there were so few Greek men defending the Thermopylae, they answered, `All other men are participating in the Olympic Games.` And when asked `What is the prize for the winner?`, `An olive-wreath` came the answer. Then Tigranes, one of his generals uttered a most noble saying: `Good heavens! Mardonius, what kind of men are these against whom you have brought us to fight? Men who do not compete for possessions, but for honor.`
Prezzo SKU : GB92019
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