ELIS, Islands off, Zakynthos
AE18. 2.88g, 17.7mm
MINTED: ELIS, Islands off, Zakynthos, circa 370-350 BC
REF: HGC 6, 255 (S); BMC Peloponnesus p. 97, 29-30
REVERSE: Tripod; Z-A flanking.
Ex BCD Collection of Incerta
The BCD Collection was possibly the largest and most important private collection of Greek coinage ever assembled. Over the course of five decades, the collector, known publicly by the initials BCD, acquired over 50,000 coins representing the major cities and regions of ancient Greece. An accomplished numismatist, BCD studied not just the historical context but also the art and chronology of the coins, with some of the results of these studies eventually finding their way into the notes he provided for the catalogues of the sale of his coins. Many of these published catalogues are now used as the standard references for the regions they cover. A provenance to the BCD Collection is one of the most desirable that a Greek coin can possess.
Green patina. Edge chipping.
Zakynthos was an island state located off the coast of Elis that mentioned in Homer's epic poem Iliad as having participated in the Trojan War. It was traditionally held as part of Odysseus's kingdom of Ithaka. Historically, the island was known to have possessed a harbour, a stadium, and temples where Apollo and Aphrodite were worshipped. Though the city supported the Athenians during the Peloponnesian War (431-404 BC), by the mid 4th century BC, some of its citizens began favouring an alliance with Sparta, throwing the city into internal chaos.
ELIS, Islands off, Zakynthos . 370-350 BC . AE18 . *Scarce* *Ex BCD Collection*
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