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Lot 62

Estimate: 500 EUR   |   Starting price: 300 EUR Price realized: 1'300 EUR
ATTIKA. ATHENS. Bronze Chalkous, 363-359. Emergency coinage. Struck by Athenian general Timotheos. Helmeted head of Athena to left. Rev: Owl standing facing on barley grain; two pellets (mark of value) flanking; all within hanging olive branches. E.S.G. Robinson & M.J. Price, "An Emergeny Coinage of Timotheos" in NC 1967, 1. Kroll 35. Svoronos pl. 22, 93–6. 1,49g. Very fine.
Timotheos was the general of an Athenian expeditionary force that besieged Olynthos in 362 BC. We know from written sources that at some point, Timotheos run out of money to pay his troops, whereupon he issued small bronze coins which were to be redeemed in silver at a later point. These 'war tokens' are of extreme rarity today.

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