• Code 804

Silver Coinage of the Phokians

Roderick T Williams.  Published by the Royal Numismatic Society, London. 1972 HB  (red cloth with gilt-lettered spine).  ix + map + 138 pages + 16 b&w plates. Royal Numismatic Society Special publication No 7. 185 + 247mm.  These are technically new, but storage soiled, the edges of the dust jackets are slightly creased and overall faded. The contents, of course, are as new.

Based on a collection of the largest possible body of material, a reconstruction has been
attempted of the sequence of the silver issues struck by the Phokians from the establishment of their confederacy at the end of the sixth-century BC. Of the fifth-century coinage, there has been distinguished an issue struck while the Phokians were in control of the Delphic shrine during the Second Sacred War. The Phokian coinage
of the fourth century in the Third Sacred War has long been recognized but its
amount has been underestimated: this has been allocated to the four individual
Phokian condottieri after a close examination of Diodoros' account of their financial resources and payments. In the plates are illustrated over 400 die combinations, all
those known to the author, together with several enlargements.

This charming coinage, struck ca 500 BC to ca 346 BC, is examined, including an excellent die study.


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