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    Choice Opunti Stater

    LOCRIS. Locris Opunti (ca. 369-338 BC). AR stater (23mm, 12.08 gm, 2h).  Head of Demeter left, wreathed in grain ears, wearing pendant earring and necklace / OΠONTI-ΩN, Ajax the lesser, nude but for Corinthian helmet, advancing right, holding short sword and shield ornamented on the inside with a coiled serpent, Phrygian helmet below, SNG Lockett 1696. BCD Lokris 14 (same reverse die). Very slight doubling, otherwise well struck from fresh dies of excellent style. Good Extremely Fine.

    Ajax the Lesser, depicted on the reverse of this attractive type, hailed from Locris Opuntia and led a flotilla of 40 ships during the Trojan War. Upon Troy's fall, he was alleged by Odysseus to have violated a sanctuary of Athena by ravishing Cassandra, thus bringing the wrath of Athena down upon himself and his countrymen. Ajax himself perished on the return voyage, and the rest of the Opuntians reached home only with great difficulty. Nevertheless, they annually honored their former leader by launching a ship fitted with black sails and laden with gifts, which was then set alight. 


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