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ID:     Lolkos
Type:     Greek
Region:     THESSALY
City:     Lolkos
Metal:     Bronze
Denomination:     Chalkous
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     c. 350 BC
Diameter:     13 mm
Weight:     2.26 g
Obverse Description:     Head of Artemis Iolkia r., wearing pendant earring and necklace, her hair done up in the “melon” style and gathered in a bun at the back of her head
Reverse Legend:     ΙΟΛΚΙΩΝ
Reverse Description:     Prow of galley Argo l., a branch with a leaf attached to the stem post.
Mint:     Lolkos
Primary Reference:     CNG Triton XV, 95
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Special Comments:     See also : Liampi, Iolkos, p. 24, 1b and pl. 3, 1b (this coin, illustrated); Nomos 4, 1066 (same dies); CNG e-sale 239 (25 August 2010) 74
Grade:     gVF
Notes:     Extremely rare, one of six known and missing from all public collections. Located in central Magnesia north of the Pagasetic Gulf and at the foot of Mt. Pelion, the site of ancient Iolkos may be the modern village of Dimini, which is now part of the modern municipality of Volos. Numerous excavations on the site have uncovered the remains of Neolithic settlement there and several Mycenaean-period tombs. In 2009, the remains of a Mycenaean palace were discovered, which may have been the site of the mythological kings of Iolkos. The only known coinage of this city consists of some extremely rare bronzes of the mid 4th century.