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ID:     81002570
Type:     Greek
Region:     ARCADIA
City:     Arcadian League
Metal:     Silver
Denomination:     Hemidrachm
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     BC Circa 460-450
Weight:     2.81 g
Die Axis:     11 h
Obverse Description:     Zeus Lykaios seated left, [holding scepter]; [eagle flying left from his hand]
Reverse Description:     Head of Kallisto facing, hair bun to right; [all within incuse square]
Mint:     Tegea
Primary Reference:     Williams, Confederate, period III, 176 (O121/R110)
Reference2:     BCD Peloponnesos (Tegea) -
Reference3:     BMC 1 (same dies)
Reference4:     de Luynes 2311 (same dies)
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Grade:     Fine, toned, slight granularity, obverse off center
Notes:     Sale: CNG 81, Lot: 2570 Extremely rare. Ex BCD Collection (not in LHS sale).This period of the League coinage at Tegea is remarkable in its unusual facing portraits of Kallisto, unparalleled at the other cities. Some of the Tegean coins also depict Zeus from different perspectives, such as from the back (see BCD Peloponnesos 1713). This particular coin is extraordinary in that Kallisto is looking directly forward, rather than slightly to the left or right, and is known from a single reverse die (R110). Only four examples are recorded in Williams as having been struck from this die, all in museums (London, Paris, Berlin, and Modena).