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ID:     774008
Type:     Greek
Region:     ARGOLIS
City:     Epidauros
Date Ruled:     Circa 255-250 BC
Metal:     Silver
Denomination:     Hemidrachm
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     BC Circa 255-250
Diameter:     13 mm
Weight:     2.41 g
Die Axis:     7 h
Obverse Legend:     Θ / E
Obverse Description:     Laureate head of Asklepios left; behind, Θ above effaced E
Reverse Legend:    
Reverse Description:     EΠ monogram within laurel-wreath
Primary Reference:     Requier Monnayage, Series 4 [2], (D1/R3), 199 = BCD Peloponnesos 1243 (this coin)
Reference2:     SNG Cop -
Reference3:     Dewing 1931 (same dies)
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Grade:     Good VF, toned.
Notes:     Ex BCD Collection (LHS 96, 8 May 2006), lot 1243.Reputed to be the birthplace of Asklepios, the god of healing, Epidauros was established as that god’s sanctuary. There, the Asklepieion, or temple dedicated to him, became the most celebrated healing center of the Classical world, and the place to which the ill traveled for relief. A massive complex, it contained shrines, healing mineral springs, and dormitories. The central feature of the site was the ta enkoimÊtÊria, a large sleeping hall, where the ill would spend the night. The dreams they dreamed while there were subsequently interpreted as the god’s advice for the recovery of their health. The large theater, admired by Pausanias, remains the best-preserved building of its type from the Classical World.