Elis, Olympia 78th-80th Olympiad.

First Coinage


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No foreign money was accepted in Elis during the games, and the mandatory exchange offered means of funding the games and for the upkeep of the sanctuary at Olympia. The most talented artists were commissioned to engrave the dies for these coins, showing off the artistry of Greece and resulting in the beautiful coins being treated as prestigious objects.

At the Olympics these years

Famous athletes From Rhodes

Diagorasof Rhodes (boxing 79th Olympiad, 464 BC) and his sons Akusilaosand Damagetos(boxing and pankration)

His three sons were Olympic champions. The oldest son, Damagetos, won the pankration in 452 and 448 BC. Akousílaos, the second son, won the boxing in 448 BC. The two celebrated their victory by carrying their father around the stadionon their shoulders, cheered loudly by the spectators. This was considered the peak of happiness that a human being could experience, achieving great glory and yet having this glory matched or even surpassed by one’s own children.

Elis, Olympia 78th-80th Olympiad.

468-460 BC.
Slater, 11.80g.
Very Rare (R2) / VF

(10h). Eagle flying left, wings spread above and below, grasping serpent in its beak and talons / Vertical thunderbolt with wings above and volutes below; A (F retrograde?) flanking; all within incuse circle.

Seltman, Olympia cf. 16, unlisted dies. SNG Delepierrecf. 2021.; BCD Olympia 5–6 var. (ethnic); HGC 5, 288. VF, toned, light cleaning marks, slightly off center on reverse.

Coin displayed
Serpent striking at eagle’s eye.
Rev. AH Thunderbolt; wings above curling outwards, dotted at shoulders, one row of feathers; volutes below curling outwards, two tendrils springing from each ; three mouldings around handle ; three wavy flame-lines on either side of central dart above and below respectively. Incuse circle,
a (PI. I, FQ. Brussels: 11,82 g (182,4 grains), formerly Baron Hirsch.

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