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ID:     803492
Type:     Greek
Region:     ARCADIA
City:     Arcadian League
Date Ruled:     Circa 430-420 BC
Metal:     Silver
Denomination:     Hemidrachm
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     BC Circa 430-420
Diameter:     14 mm
Weight:     2.92 g
Die Axis:     8 h
Obverse Description:     Zeus Lykaios seated left, right hand extended, holding upright scepter in left; to left, eagle flying left
Reverse Legend:     A-P-K-A
Reverse Description:     Head of Kallisto left; A-P-K-A at corners; all within incuse square
Primary Reference:     Williams, Confederate 304 var. (O205/R- [unlisted rev. die])
Reference2:     BCD Peloponnesos 1465
Reference3:     SNG Cop -
Reference4:     BMC 45
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Grade:     Good VF, toned, typical die wear on obverse
Notes:     Struck from dies of fine style Ex BCD Collection (not in LHS sale); Leu 13 (29 April 1975), lot 171.Kallisto, a nymph who was one of the companions of Artemis, was seduced by Zeus and gave birth to Arkas, the eponymous ancestor of the Arkadians. Soon after, either an angry Artemis, a jealous Hera, or a protective Zeus changed hear into a bear. In the end, she and her son were transformed into the constellations Ursa Major and Minor.