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Silver tetrobol from Pale, Cephallonia, 4th century BCE. O: Persephone. R: Cephalus seated on a rock.
Bronze coin from Corycra (Corfu), reign of Commodus, 180-192 CE. O: Head of Commodus. (R: Zeus).
Silver didrachm from Corcyra (Corfu), 229-48 BCE. O: Head of Dionysus. R: Pegasus.
Silver drachm from Corcyra (Corfu), 229-48 BCE. O: Head of Dione. R: Pegasus.
Silver hemidrachm from Corcyra (Corfu), 229-48 BCE. O: Pegasus. R: Head of Aphrodite.
Silver stater from Corcyra (Corfu), 500-450 BCE. O: Cow suckling its calf. R: Incuse square.
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published on 13 February 2013
The obverse of a silver coin from Corinth (300-250 BCE) depicting the mythical winged-horse Pegasus. (British Museum, London).
Silver stater from Corinth, 386-307 BCE. O: Pegasus. R: Head of Athena.
Silver stater from Corinth, 525-500 BCE. O: Pegasus. R: Incuse square of swastika design.
Numismatics the study of coinage, and is a wonderfully useful tool in the archaeologist’s and historian’s toolbox. One of the best things for an archaeologist to find while digging is a coin. The reason is simple; it can instantly provide some date for the layer they are digging. Additionally, coins provide information for trade, economy, social organisation... [continue reading]