There are currently no items available for purchase in this Department. Search our Auction Archives below to find item values.
Lot
23763

Ancients: ELIS. Olympia. Ca. 336 BC. AR stater (26mm, 12.11 gm, 10h). ...

2014 January 5 - 6 World & Ancient Coin Signature Auction - New York #3030

Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
Make Offer:
Make Offer to Owner

Owner's willingness to entertain and respond to Offers has not yet been verified.
Claim Item: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
Auction Ended On: Jan 6, 2014
Item Activity: 2 Internet/mail/phone bidders
620 page views
Location: Waldorf Astoria - Norse Suite
301 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022

Description:
Rare and Wonderful Olympia Stater
ELIS. Olympia. Ca. 336 BC. AR stater (26mm, 12.11 gm, 10h). Hera Mint, 111th Olympiad. Head of Hera right, wearing pendant earring and stephane inscribed FΑΛΕΙΩΝ ( 'of the people of Elis'), F behind neck / Eagle, with open wings, standing left on rock with head reverted; all within olive wreath. Seltman -. cf. 339-340 for obverse and 341-345 for reverse. BCD Olympia-160 (same obverse die, and BCD coin attributed to 113th Olympiad). Extremely rare, with a beautiful head of Hera in the finest Olympic style. Choice Very Fine.

Ex Heritage - Gemini  CICF (14 April 2011), lot 62. Ex NGSA 4 (11 December 2006), lot 82. 

Olympia, located in the precinct of Elis in the western Peloponnesus, was less of a city than a religious sanctuary dedicated to Zeus where the all-important Olympic Games were held. The games commenced in 776 BC and continued uninterrupted at four-year intervals until AD 394, when they were abolished by the Emperor Theodosius as being too 'pagan' in spirit. Starting about 470 BC, Olympic coins were struck during the games to provide attendees with currency for the local markets, and to provide income for the shrine (a small fee was charged for changing other civic coinages into Olympic coin). Each coin type thus became a keepsake of the games in which they were issued, much as modern commemorative currency is tied to specific events. After 420 BC, two mints were active -- a "Zeus" mint striking coins with images of Zeus and his avatar, the eagle, and a "Hera" mint striking coins with imagery of, and associated with, his wife. This is one of the later issues of Elis not known to Seltman, attributed to the 111th Olympiad in 336 BC, the year of Alexander the Great's accession. The portrait of Hera is very delicate and beautiful and her stephane is inscribed "of the people of Elis."

View large image(s) of this item

Service and Handling Description: Coins & Currency (view shipping information)

Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

Find Auction Prices for Comparable Items:

Photographs:
Sign-in or Join (free & quick) to see the full image


FLOOR AUCTIONS View All
Open For Bidding
Coming Soon
HERITAGE MEMBERSHIP
910,951
bidder-members
$969,556,063
sold in the last year
VIEW BENEFITS
  1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
  2. Bid online
  3. Free Collector newsletter
  4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
  5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    winnings 
CONSIGNMENTS WANTED
Consign to the 2015 April 8 - 14 CICF World Coins & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Chicago.
Learn About Consigning With Us
It is with a sense of tremendous gratitude that I wish to convey my sincere appreciation to you for the manner in which you managed the recent sale of my currency collection.
Thomas Flynn,
Scottsdale, AZ
HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. To compare for yourself, visit: compete.com
Take our 2014 Coin
and Currency Survey
Grand prize:
A Certified Uncirculated
1907 High Relief $20!*
Take the Survey
HERITAGE VIDEO TUTORIAL
GETTING THE MOST OUT OF SEARCH
RECENT AUCTIONS
2014 December 4 - 7 Houston Money Show US Coins Signature Auction - Houston
2014 December 4 - 7 Houston Money Show US Coins Signature Auction - Houston
REALIZED $9,614,728
2014 September 3 - 10 Long Beach Expo World Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach
2014 September 3 - 10 Long Beach Expo World Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach
REALIZED $9,041,265
2014 September 4 - 8 Long Beach Expo World Currency Signature Auction - Long Beach
2014 September 4 - 8 Long Beach Expo World Currency Signature Auction - Long Beach
REALIZED $1,817,724