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ID:     77000163
Type:     Greek
Region:     EUBOEA
City:     Carystus
Issuer:     Revolt of Ptolemaios
Date Ruled:     Circa 313 BC
Metal:     Gold
Denomination:     Drachm
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     BC Circa 313
Weight:     3.14 g
Die Axis:     7 h
Obverse Description:     Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin
Reverse Legend:     ΚΑΡΥ
Reverse Description:     Bull recumbent left; trident above, club below
Primary Reference:     cf. Melville Jones pp. 28-32
Reference2:     BCD 573 (same dies)
Reference3:     BMC 17
Reference4:     SNG Cop -; Jameson 2066
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Grade:     Good VF
Notes:     Sale: Triton XI, Lot: 163 A great rarity of Greek gold; 12 known (9 known to Melville Jones with 5 in museums). Ex Triton VIII (11 January 2005), lot 305; BCD Collection (not in Lanz catalog); Birkler & Waddell II (11 December 1980), lot 147.During the War of the Diadochoi (315-311 BC), Antigonos I Monophthalmos sent his nephew Ptolemaios to Greece, where he formed an alliance with anti-Macedonian factions in various city-states. Ptolemaios was successful in uniting these factions into a single revolt against Kassander, and effectively wrested most of Greece from Macedonian control. His effort began in Boeotia and Euboia, where this coinage was struck, likely to help finance the anti-Macedonian cause. The actions of Ptolemaios and his mercenaries succeeded in tieing-up Kassander’s forces during this war, and enabled Antigonos to focus his own efforts against the other Diadochoi allied against him.