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Dyrrhachium, Illyria, AR drachm


Dyrrhachium, Illyria, AR drachm

Silver alloy; 17mm/3.0gm Struck c. 200-30 BC

Con/ aVF for the issue

Obv/ Magistrate's name above cow standing r., suckling calf below

Rev/ double stellate pattern with inscriptions.

Ref/ None

Seller's Note/ Why no reference? These issues were struck for so many centuries under so many magistrates names that it make my head swim, you know?

But if you're willing to take the time to look it up, we suggest the following link -

Last thought concerning these issues. As seen in the photo, the coin looks to have been broken, yes or no? No! Back in the day when Greek colonial cities were still experimenting as to how create the flans before striking, the silver was poured into a series of blank molds and allowed to dry. Once done, each flan was broken from the next, and then struck. Our coin is a perfect example of this ancient method.


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