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Old Jul 21, 2010, 07:23 PM   #1
Andrew Caldarone
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Obol Attribution?

Odd obol I don't recognize:

.61g
Obv: Head of Herakles left
Rev: Kantharos - reading clockwise from top "O-D-I" around all within an incuse square

Looks more mainland Greece than Asia Minor - A bit similiar to Boeotian issues.

Any ideas?

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Old Jul 30, 2010, 05:20 AM   #2
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Found another

Pozzi/Boutin 3298
Uncertain mint in central Greece. My friend that pointed it out stated that the "DIO" on the reverse indicates "Diobol" of apparently the Corinthian standard as this would be the closest in weight. I'm not sure of this but the theory has its merits.
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Old Jul 31, 2010, 09:54 AM   #3
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Andrew, Yours is quite similar to this one from BCD:

http://www.acsearch.info/record.html?id=31817

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SAMMLUNG BCD GRIECHISCHE MüNZEN AKARNANIENS UND AITOLIENS

AKARNANIEN

UNBESTIMMTE MüNZSTäTTEN
(Uncertain mint)

No.: 410

Schätzpreis/Estimate: EUR 120

d=10 mm
Diobol, 420-380. Bärtiger Herakleskopf im Löwenfell n. r. Rv. Kantharos, im
Felde D-I-O (für Diobolon ?); das Ganze in einem leicht vertieften Quadrat.
0,69 g. / 1h. Vgl. Pozzi 1448 (Av. Kopf n. l., unter Theben/Boiotien).
Von großer Seltenheit. Getönt.

Av. Sehr schön. Rv. Gutes sehr schön
Aus Auktion Classical Numismatic Group, Inc., Lancaster 35 (1995), 202. – Ein
mit dem Exemplar aus Slg. Pozzi stempelgleiches weiteres Exemplar befindet
sich im British Museum, London (ex Slg. Sir H. Weber).

A note from BCD: A diobol of c. 0,75 g. (ideal weight) would correspond to a
hemidrachm of c. 2,25 g. This is on the light side when compared to the known
weights of the earliest Akarnanian League triobols. However, smaller fractions
were usually struck "light" so they would not leave the areas for which they
were intended. The fact that this coin is also clearly labelled as a diobol seems
to stress the need of the issuing authority to establish it as such, despite its
lower weight.
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