Elis, Olympia 105th – 107th Olympiad.

Master engravers


The engravers who were commissioned to produce the dies were among the most accomplished in the Greek world, and to effect this extraordinary series it was necessary to reopen the Zeus mint, closed since 388. Both it and the Hera mint were put to work, each with their own team of master engravers.

A substantial coinage was struck for the 105th Olympiad in celebration of the sanctuary of Olympia having been liberated from Arkadianoccupation in 363 BC. Master engravers were employed to create dies for both workshops, one of which had been closed since 380 BC.

At the Olympics these years

Poros of Cyrene was an Olympic winner from the city of Cyrene. He won twice in a stadionrun (about 192 m) during the 105th and 106th Olympic Games in 360 and 356 BC. The first time, he ran as a citizen of Cyrene; the second time he did it for the Cretan city of Malia.

After the withdrawal of the Arkadiansin 363 BC, the Eleans reclaimed their control of the sanctuary of Olympia and resolved to strike an impressive series of coins for the 105th Olympiad in commemoration of the sanctuary’s liberation.

Elis, Olympia 105th – 107th Olympiad.

360 - 352 BC.
Hemidrachm, 2.56g.
BCD 166 (331.9.)
Extremely Rare (R3) / F-VF

Hera mint.
Head of Hera / Eagle standing
Ex CNG 105, 2005, 55; ex BCD Olympia, 2004, 331,9.

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