Last week Jeffrey Wing asked for information about the images of an ancient coin pictured on a banknote. The note is a 1944 Greece 100,000,000,000 Drachmai. -Editor
Nikolay Malchev saw the images on our Flickr archive and wrote:
"Epeiros, Epirote Republic AR Didrachm. Circa 234-168 BC. Jugate heads right of Zeus Dodonaeus, wearing a wreath of oak leaves, and Dione, diademed and draped; monogram
ΑΥΤΚ to left, monogram of ΑΥΡΚ below / Bull charging to right, ΑΠΕΙ above, ΡΩΤΑΝ below; all
within oak wreath. Franke 21; SNG Copenhagen 107; Weber 3024. 9.88g, 26mm, 9h. Good Very Fine"
Click the images above to see the fully commentary. I believe it was taken from an online auction lot listing. but I'm not sure from where. -Editor
Chip Howell writes:
I think I have something for you! This link shows a similar coin with the following description...
Ancient Greek. Illyrian. Silver Epeirote Republic tetradrachm coin, the front with Jugate heads of Zeus Dodonaios, wreathed with oak and Dione, veiled, the reverse with a
butting bull, all within an oak-wreath. 238-168 BC (1")
From: Sadigh Gallery's Ancient Greek Illyrian Silver Epeirote Republic Tetradrachm Coin 43152
To read the complete item description, see: Sadigh Gallery's Ancient Greek Illyrian
Silver Epeirote Republic Tetradrachm Coin 43152
"I don't speak Greek (someone else will have to translate the coin's inscription) but I suspect "Dodonaios" relates to Dodone in Epirus, site of an
important oracle (second only to Delphi). Dione was another consort of Zeus; both were important in NW Greece. Zeus notoriously took the form of a bull for one of his escapades,
but I couldn't find a reference tying it to this region."
To read the Dodonian Zeus Wikipedia entry, see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dodonian_Zeus
Thanks! I knew our readers could handle this one. -Editor
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: JANUARY 6, 2019 : Query: What Do These Images Represent?
Wayne Homren, Editor
The Numismatic Bibliomania Society is a non-profit organization
promoting numismatic literature. See our web site at coinbooks.org.
To submit items for publication in The E-Sylum, write to the Editor
at this address: email@example.com
To subscribe go to: https://my.binhost.com/lists/listinfo/esylum
Copyright © 1998 - 2012 The Numismatic Bibliomania Society (NBS)
All Rights Reserved.
NBS Home Page
Contact the NBS webmaster