coin project
Please support our sponsors

Log In | Register
[83933 Coins (44239 Unverified)]
Advanced Search
Search By Coin ID
Ancient Africa (157)
Ancient East (4671)
Ancient Spain (872)
Byzantine (753)
Celtic (372)
Goths, Vandals (259)
Greek (22700)
Roman Imperial (32425)
Roman Provincial (8278)
Roman Republican & Imperatorial (2318)
Ancient and Medieval India (72)
Ancient and Medieval Far East (10245)
Central Europe and Italy (20)
Eastern Europe and Scandinavia (55)
Germany (30)
Islamic (22)
Western Europe (102)
Africa (5)
Asia (0)
Australia and the Pacific Islands (0)
Europe (17)
North America (0)
South America (0)
Ancient Imitations (444)
Modern Forgeries of Ancient Coins (19)
Medieval Imitations (0)
Modern Forgeries of Medieval Coins (0)
Modern Forgeries of Modern Coins (0)
Submit New Coin(s)
Sponsors page
Terms of Service
Contact Us
About Us
FAQ Page
Coin Detail
Click here to see enlarged image.
ID:     803354
Type:     Greek
Region:     AETOLIA
City:     Aetolian League
Date Ruled:     Circa 250-245 BC
Metal:     Gold
Denomination:     Stater
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     BC Circa 250-245
Diameter:     19 mm
Weight:     8.51 g
Die Axis:     12 h
Obverse Description:     Head of Athena right, wearing crested Attic helmet decorated with a serpent
Reverse Legend:     AITΩΛΩN
Reverse Description:     Aitolos, wearing kausia and sheathed sword, seated right on pile of Gallic shields, holding spear upright in right hand, left hand holding small Nike standing right, holding wreath; monogram to right, ANA in exergue
Primary Reference:     Tsangari 573a = BCD Akarnania 426 (this coin)
Reference2:     Gulbenkian 915
Reference3:     J. Reinach, “Un monument delphien: LÉtolie sur les trophÉes gaulois de Kallion” in: JIAN XIII (1911), P.197, 29 (same obv. die)
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Grade:     Good VF, toned
Notes:     An exceptional example of this extremely rare Aitolian gold issue. Ex BCD Collection; Hess-Leu 45 (12 May 1970), lot 167; Hess-Leu 31 (6 December 1966), lot 295; Sotheby, Wilkinson and Hodge (28 May 1900), lot 270.While the Macedonian Kingdom flourished, it was by no means master of the whole of Greece. In Aitolia a group of tribes developed into a powerful league that triumphantly defended the land from the Gallic invasions, which at one point had reached Delphi. The repulsion of the Gallic invaders in 279/8 BC was commemorated by a monument erected in the temple of Apollo at Delphi which represented the personification of Aitolia. The coins accurately display this monument (see Reinach, supra). A redoubtable female warrior, Aitolos is depicted holding a sheathed sword and seated in a defiant posture upon a heap of shields left behind by the enemy. Some of the shields look Macedonian, others Gallic. On the silver coins, a Gallic karnyx lies at her feet. A further assertive gesture, seen on lot 29 and 31, is the use of the heads of Athena and Herakles which were borrowed from the gold and silver coinage of Alexander.