A silver stater issued about 382 to 356 B.C. reflects two different
The coin, which was issued in Lokris Opuntii (Eastern Lokris, the
eastern coast of central Greece), highlights Davissons Ltd.’s
e-auction No. 14 closing March 30.
The coin weighs 12.1 grams and measures 23 millimeters in diameter,
slightly smaller and lighter than a Washington quarter dollar.
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The obverse depicts Persephone facing left, topped with a wreath and
wearing a triple pendant earring and necklace. Persephone, daughter of
Zeus and the harvest goddess Demeter, is the queen of the underworld.
The reverse depicts Ajax in the buff, nude but for a crested
Corinthian helmet, in battle stance facing right, holding a shield
decorated with a serpent with his left arm and a short sword in his
right hand; underneath which appears a Phrygian helmet. The Greek hero
Ajax fought to claim Helen of Troy in Homer’s classic Iliad, one
poignant Bronze Age conflict at the heart of the Trojan War.
The auction house describes the coin as Extremely Fine with “fresh
surfaces, old toning with traces of iridescence; minor die wear on obverse.”
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The coin has an estimate of $2,500 and previously realized a hammer
price of $3,000 in Classical Numismatic Group’s Triton XI auction on
Jan. 7, 2008.
To learn more about the auction, visit Davissons’ website.