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    Signed First Issue at Hera

    Elis. Olympia. Hera Mint, 90th Olympiad, 420 BC. Stater, 11.87g (2h). Obv: Head of Hera right, wearing stephane ornamented with palmettes and tendrils; below chin Λ; above, HP[A]. Rx: Flaming thunderbolt upright, F - A across field, all within olive wreath. SNG Delepierre 2127. Seltman 242, Series XXVI, EA (same obverse die). BCD Olympia 62 (same obverse die). According to the literature this is a signed die and the first time the image of Hera was used on a coin of Elis. Thus, the first issue of the Hera mint. The HPA above the head of Hera is probably the name of the mint. Struck in high relief. VF.

    According to the BCD cataloguer, this is the first issue at the mint of Hera. Additionally, the Λ below the chin on the obverse is believed to be a signature of the engraver. Seltman noted that the HPA inscription above the stephane could identify the new mint established by the Temple of Hera, as the stephane alone would have sufficed to identify the goddess as Hera, so an additional inscription would have been unnecessary. Seltman suggested that later engravers then mistook the name as applying to the goddess and erroneously moved it to her stephane.


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    April, 2011
    14th Thursday
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