Argos-Argolis, AR Hemidrachm, c.228-164 BC, Eythykleos (Magistrate)
Forepart of wolf right
E | Y / Q | U / KLEOS
Large A, owl below
15mm x 16mm, 2.38g
Huntarian p. 153, 13
Note from Barry Murphy:
There isn't a complete list of the magistrate issues published anywhere.
The most often cited references are to BMC and Copenhagen. BMC dates these
issues to 228-164 BC, Copenhagen
just says after 343 BC. Your particular variety
is not listed in either. I did a quick check through some of the other
standard references, McClean, Weber, Pozzi, Jameson, Delepierre and couldn't
find it in any of those either.
Note from Curtis Clay: We
happen to have a coin of your magistrate in our photofile, TNA auction, Dec.
1983, lot 118. They give two refs: Mionnet IV Suppl., p. 237, 5 and
Glasgow, Hunter II, p. 153, 13, pl. XXXIX.11. They give only a general
date, c. 228-146 BC, and say "Very rare variant."
Side note: In response to the question
about a list of magistrates for this series, Barry Murphy is developing one, based
on published works and auction catalogues.
Argos-Argolis, AR Hemidrachm, c.80s-50s BC, Epikrateos as Magistrate
Forepart of wolf left
E | ΠI / KP | A / TE_OΣ
Large A, Messianic cross below
15mm x 16mm, 2.28g
BCD Peloponessos 1172; cf. SNG Copenhagen 49
Ex Midwest "Coins of Christianity" Collection
Consignor notes: Argolis was diversely populated and included a large community
of the Jewish Diaspora. The Jewish influence on the society can be seen in
the use of the Messiah symbol on this coin.