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ID:     833013
Type:     Greek
Region:     ARGOLIS
City:     Hermione
Metal:     Bronze
Denomination:     Chalkous
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     BC Circa 360-320/10
Diameter:     12 mm
Weight:     2.06 g
Die Axis:     12 h
Obverse Description:     Wreathed head of Demeter Chthonia left
Reverse Legend:     E-P
Reverse Description:     Torch; E-P across field; all within wreath of grain ears
Primary Reference:     Grandjean, Monnayage, group I, Em. 2b
Reference2:     BCD Peloponnesos 1297
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Grade:     Good VF, warm brown patina.
Notes:     Ex BCD Collection (not in previous BCD sales), purchased from Leu, January 1979; from the old stock of Jacob Hirsch, with his ticket.A territory mainly triangular in shape, Argolis was the location of the Bronze Age fortresses of Mycenae and Tiryns, as well as Agamemnon’s Mycenaean kingdom in the Iliad. Occasionally, the name of one of its most famous cities, Argos (the plain), is applied to the whole of the Peloponnese or even the whole of Greece itself. Epidauros, another of Argolis’ famous cities, is reputed to be the birthplace of Asklepios, the god of healing, where the Asklepieion was dedicated to him. These large cities, along with numerous others in Argolis, were active in the production of coinage during the 4th through 2nd centuries BC. As with other Greek territories brought under the control of the Romans, autonomous coinage decreased and was later replaced by provincial issues mostly after the 1st century AD.