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    PHOCIS. Federal Coinage. Ca. mid-4th century BC. AR hemidrachm (2.76 gm). NGC Choice VF 5/5 - 3/5. Struck under Phayllos, ca. 352-351 BC, Delphi. Head of bull facing / Φ-Ω, laureate head of Apollo right, lyre behind. HGC 4, 1048. BCD Locris 304-311.

    Earlier coinage of the Phocians depicted Artemis on the reverse of the hemidrachm, until she was replaced by Apollo after Phocian seizure of the sanctuary of Apollo at Delphi, leading to the Third Sacred War, in which a coalition of Greek states sought to compel the return of Delphi to the amphictiony that traditionally governed it. At that time, the average rate of military pay was a hemidrachm per day. Diodorus reports that the Phocian war effort cost 10,000 talents, obtained through confiscation of property, then by taxing the Delphians, and finally by appropriating and coining the temple treasury.


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