AR Stater. 8.51g, 20.5mm
MINTED: AKARNANIA, Leukas, circa 350-300 BC
REF: Calciati 66
OBVERSE: Pegasos flying left, Λ below.
REVERSE: Helmeted head of Athena left; [Λ]-[E]-Υ around counterclockwise.
Ex Harlan J. Berk, with their tag
Almost Very Fine. Deeply toned with hints of iridescence. Slightly off-center obverse strike.
Leukas (present day Lefkada) is an island in the Ionian Sea off the western coast of Greece connected to the mainland by a narrow causeway. The sanctuary of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, was one of the most important on the island. A legend written about by the Athenian playwright Menander suggests that the famous poet Sappho of Lesbos (620-570 BC) committed suicide by leaping off the cliffs of Leukas.
As a Corinthian colony, Leukas struck silver staters using the same types as its mother-city, with the obverse depicting the legendary Pegasos, and the reverse the helmeted bust of the goddess Athena. In the late 4th century BC, many these coins were used to help support the war efforts of the Corinthian general Timoleon in Sicily, where he liberated Syracuse from the rule of the Leontinian tyrant Hiketas and his allies the Carthaginians.
AKARNANIA, Leukas . 350-300 BC . AR Stater . Corinthian colony . Ex Harlan Berk
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