Corinth hemidrachm - proper attribution

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  1. ambr0zie

    ambr0zie Dacian Taraboste

    Hello ladies and gentlemen,
    As Pegasus was completely missing from my collection, I managed to grab this.


    Described as

    Corinthia. Corinth circa 345-307 BC.
    Hemidrachm AR
    13 mm, 1,87 g

    But I have some issues in attributing it.
    Who is on this coin? I found somehow similar coins attributed against Aphrodite wearing sakkos. Is this correct?

    Some similar coins -
    (Aphrodite facing right)

    Second problem - all the coins I found are drachms. Is there the possibility that this is just a lighter drachm? All the coins I found, attributed as drachms, are over 2.2 g.
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  3. Ryro

    Ryro They call me the 13th Caesar Supporter

    I LOVE this coin! I'd thought maybe it was possibly a denomination between drachm and Hemidrachm... but that doesn't seem to exist.
    I'm wondering if it is just light to to roast wear and tear from being in circulation?
    Either way, great coin:woot: I've nothing like it to post, so I'll post this image by the Romans of the pegasos:
  4. ambr0zie

    ambr0zie Dacian Taraboste

    I am starting to wonder if it's indeed Corinth.
  5. Ignoramus Maximus

    Ignoramus Maximus Nomen non est omen.

    Hi, ambrOzie,

    The weight is low for a drachm, but not unique.
    I just came across one in auction with an even lower weight.

    biddr - Numismatica Ars Classica Zurich, Auction 123, lot 524. Greek Coins. Corinthia, Corinth. Drachm circa 350/300, AR 1.62 g. Pegasus flyi...

    Besides, all the Corinthian hemidrachms I know of only have the forepart of Pegasus. Yours has the whole animal, so it's safe to say it's a drachm. There's some wear on the bottom part so I'm not sure where it's from. At first a recognized the top of a koppa (Corinth), but on second thought I'm not sure. It just might be a decorated lambda. (?) (Leukas)
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  6. ambr0zie

    ambr0zie Dacian Taraboste

    Thank you, Leukas might be a correct path. I also thought I see a koppa under Pegasus but the obverse person remains unclear. Aphrodite or ....?
    There also seems to be a monogram behind head, not sure if this will be more visible in hand ....
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    ambr0zie Dacian Taraboste

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