Humble Silver Greeks

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Mat, Aug 8, 2020.

  1. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    A few months ago I purchased some budget-priced AR Greeks, but with my mom passing from her liver cancer, I never got a chance to post them.

    Here they are below. It's always nice to add new silver greeks & have a break from Romans & Medievals.

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    THESSALY, Pharsalos. Late 5th-mid 4th century BC
    AR Drachm
    O: Helmeted head of Athena right.
    R: Δ to left / Φ A P [retrograde Σ], Thessalian cavalryman on horse rearing right, holding lagobolon.
    5.59g
    19mm
    Lavva 138 (V65/R78); cf. BCD Thessaly II 644; HGC 4, 626

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    Lokris Opuntii (369 - 338 B.C.)
    AR Hemidrachm
    O: Wreathed head of Persephone right.
    R: Ajax advancing r., nude but for crested helmet, brandishing dagger and shield; kantharos between his legs.
    2.6g
    16mm
    BCD Lokris 98; SNG Copenhagen 50.
     
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  3. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    My condolences on the loss of your mother. That is always heartbreaking.

    Those are lovely coins. I like the Lokris Opuntii.
     
  4. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    My condolences for your loss.
    Those are some great coins though. I love both busts of Athena and Persephone.
     
  5. TJC

    TJC Well-Known Member

    I have wanted an Ajax coin for some time. Yours is just the kind of example I have been searching for. Very nice! Both nice coins!
     
  6. DonnaML

    DonnaML Supporter! Supporter

    I'm very sorry for the loss of your mother. Those are nice coins!
     
  7. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    So sorry for your loss, Mat. Lovely coins, too.
     
  8. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    ^Thank you.

    I was notified this morning on forvm that my Pharsalos is attributed wrong & I guess a bit special because it's signed by the engraver, which would be my first ancient to be so.

    Pretty cool.

    So the attribution is now:

    THESSALY, Pharsalos. Late 5th-mid 4th century BC
    AR Drachm
    O: Helmeted head of Athena right, sphinx on bowl; T/Θ behind neck guard
    R: Warrior on horseback right, wearing petasos, holding mace overhead; T in exergue; all within incuse square.
    5.59g
    19mm
    Lavva 144 (V68/R84); BCD Thessaly II 645.

    You can just make out the sphinx head on the helmet in the bright area of the obverse.

    Even humble ancients can turn to a surprise, that's why I appreciate comments over likes or generally being ignored thread wise.

    You never know who may help or point something out.
     
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2020
  9. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    Very cool! :)
     
  10. Pavlos

    Pavlos You pick out the big men. I'll make them brave!

    My condolences Mat for your loss, may you live to remember her.
    Very nice coins and an extra bonus that it is signed!
     
  11. AncientJoe

    AncientJoe Well-Known Member

    So sorry for your loss. The style of Pharsalos is particularly beautiful, and you could even get it slabbed as "Full Crest"! ;)
     
  12. Ryro

    Ryro You'll never be lovelier than you are now... Supporter

    My deepest condolences.
    Very cool coins. I've always crushed on the beautiful Persephone:
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  13. Mr.Q

    Mr.Q Well-Known Member

    Sorry for your loss welcome back nice coins
     
  14. TIF

    TIF Always learning. Supporter

    Oh Mat, I'm so sorry. How difficult this must be for you!

    The new coins are classic.
     
  15. +VGO.DVCKS

    +VGO.DVCKS Well-Known Member

    Serious condolences, Mat.
    Congratulations on the coins, and the pretty momentous reattribution. ...Aside from the price range, the hemiobol-diobol range just has its own charm. Almost the die-engraving equivalent of haiku.
     
  16. FitzNigel

    FitzNigel Medievalist Supporter

    I don’t have any useful comments on the lovely coins, but I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your mother, Mat.
     
  17. randygeki

    randygeki Coin Collector

    Both neat coins! It's still hard to even imagine going through that.

    Very cool! Always neat to find out stuff like this.
     
  18. nicholasz219

    nicholasz219 Well-Known Member

    These are both pretty awesome @Mat. I love the crested helmet on Athena and Ajax on any coin makes it pretty sweet.
     
  19. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Numismatic jack of all trades & specialist in none Moderator

    I love affordable Greek silver! Those look nice and aren't microscopic.

    (Though the teeny-tinies have their charm, too.)

    I particularly like that Pharsalos, which is well worn but handsome.
     
  20. john65999

    john65999 Active Member

    so sorry for your loss,lost me Mum to cancer last summer as well..
     
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