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ID:     803355
Type:     Greek
Region:     AETOLIA
City:     Aetolian League
Date Ruled:     Circa 238-228 BC
Metal:     Silver
Denomination:     Tetradrachm
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     BC Circa 238-228
Weight:     16.97 g
Die Axis:     11 h
Obverse Description:     Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin
Reverse Legend:     [AI]TΩΛΩN / Λ
Reverse Description:     Aitolos, wearing kausia, seated right on pile of Gallic and Macedonian shields, holding spear upright in right hand, sheathed sword in left; small Λ to inner left, [karnyx at left end of ground line]; to right, monogram above
Primary Reference:     Tsangari 483a = BCD Akarnania 430 (this coin)
Reference2:     De Laix issue 8
Reference3:     SNG Cop 2-3 var. (control marks on rev.)
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Grade:     Near EF, toned, minor scratches under tone
Notes:     Very rare. Ex BCD Collection; A. Hess 254 (8 March 1983), lot 168; A. Delbeke Collection (Sotheby, Wilkinson and Hodge, 23 April 1907), lot 133.This series served as an ‘alliance money’ along with the Achaian League in their joint war against Demetrios II of Macedon. It is for this reason that a Macedonian shield is included in the pile of shields that Aitolos is seated upon.