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Ancient Coinage of Thessaly, Lamia


Because no ancient texts refer to the hero Philoktetes as shooting at birds with a bow, Bräuer, in "Heraklestaten" and the BMC describes this AE type as Herakles and the Stymphalian birds.

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BCD Thess. I, 1090Lamia, Thessaly, ca 400-350 BC. AR Obol. 11mm, 0.8 g. Head of young Dionysos left, wreathed with ivy / LAMIEWN, amphora; to right, ivy leaf above, prochous to right. BCD Thessaly I 1090.TextImage
BCD Thess. II 125Lamia, Thessaly, ca 325-300 BC. AE Chalkous. 14mm, 1.77 g. Helmeted head of Athena right / LAMIEWN, Herakles or Philoktetes standing right, shooting arrow at bird falling to right; quiver at lower right. BCD Thessaly II 125; Hoover HGC -; Bräuer type 1b.TextImage
BCD Thess. II 127.3Lamia, Thessaly, ca 350-300 BC. AR Hemidrachm, 16mm, 2.62 g. Head of young Dionysos left, wreathed with ivy / LAMIEWN, amphora; ivy leaf above; to right, prochous with handle in right field. BCD Thessaly II 127.3; Hoover HGC 120.TextImage
BMC 2ffLamia, 400-344 BC, AR Hemidrachm. Head of young Dionysus left wreathed with ivy. / Amphora. TextImage
BMC 4ffLamia AR Obol. 400-344 BC. Head of young Dionysus left, wreathed with ivy / Amphora. TextImage
Hoover HGC 119Lamia, Thessaly, ca 400-375 BC. AR Hemidrachm. 15mm, 2.81 g. Head of young Dionysos right, wreathed with ivy / LAMIEWN, amphora; to right, prochous with handle to right. BCD Thessaly II 121; Hoover HGC 119.TextImage
Jameson 1083ALamia, Thessaly, ca 300 BC. AR drachm. 21mm, 5.44 g. Head of the nymph Lamia right, hair band and pendant earring / LAMIEWN, youthful Herakles, naked, seated left on rocks covered by his cloak, holding bow and quiver with right hand on knee; left hand resting on the rock. Jameson 1083A (this coin); Bement II, 910.TextImage
Rogers 246Lamia, Thessaly, ca 400-350 BC. AE Chalkous. 17mm, 5.14 g. Head of nymph right, wreathed with reeds / Hydra. Traité IV 466 (Lamia); Rogers 246 (uncert. Heracleia Trachinia); Robinson & Clement, "Excavations at Olynthus Part IV", 734-736 (Lamia).TextImage
Rogers 385Lamia, Thessaly, ca 400-350 BC. AE Chalkous. 15mm, 2.08 g. Head of the nymph Lamia right, wearing earring and necklace / LAMIEWN, Philoktetes, wearing pileus, reclining left on rocks, raising right hand and placing left on rocks; bow and quiver to left. Rogers (Malia) 385; BCD Thessaly II 128.3.TextImage
Rogers 386Lamia, Thessaly, ca 400-350 BC. AE Chalkous. 15mm, 1.42 g. Head of the nymph Lamia right / LAMIEWN, Philoktetes, naked, sitting left on a rock on an island, dolphins swimming below. bow and quiver to left. Rogers 386.TextImage
Rogers 387Lamia, Thessaly, ca 400-350 BC. AE Chalkous. 15mm, 1.78 g. Head of the nymph Lamia right, wearing earring and necklace / LAMIEWN, Herakles or Philoktetes kneeling facing on rock, one leg outstretched to right, turning upper body to shoot bow at (Stymphalian) birds, quiver below. Rogers (Malia) 387; BCD Thessaly II 128.2; BCD Thessaly I 1435.10; Lindgren 1396 (this coin).TextImage
Rogers 388Lamia, Thessaly, ca 400-350 BC. AE Chalkous. 15mm, 1.68 g. Head of the nymph Lamia right, wearing earring and necklace / LAMIEWN, Herakles or Philoktetes kneeling right on one knee, shooting bow at (Stymphalian) birds, one falls before him; a second fallen bird between his legs, quiver to left. Rogers (Malia) 388; BMC 10-12; BCD Thessaly II 128.1; BCD Thessaly I 1091; Bräuer type 3.TextImage
SNG Cop 77Thessaly The Malienses at Lamia. Circa 400-344 BC. AR Hemidrachm (2.36 gm). Wreathed head of young Dionysos left / Amphora; ivy leaf above, prochous (small jug) to right. BMC Thessaly 1. TextImage
SNG Cop 77Lamia, Thessaly, AR 1/4 stater, (2.57g) 400-344 BC, Head of Dionysos left. / LAMESWN, Amphora. TextImage
SNGCop 75Thessaly - Lamia. 400-344 B.C. AR Hemidrachm. Head of young Dionysus l., wreathed with ivy. Reverse: Amphora; ivy-leaf above; prochous in field to r. TextImage
SNGCop 80Thessaly, Lamia c400-344 B.C. AR Obol. Head of young Dionysus left, wreathed with ivy / Amphora; ivy-leaf above. TextImage
SNGCop 87Lamia, Thessaly, AE12. c.400-344 BC, Helmeted head of Athena right / Herakles or Philoktetes standing right, shooting birds. TextImage
SNGCop 88Thessaly, Lamia. Circa 400-344 BC. AE 13mm. Helmeted head of Athena right / Herakles or Philoktetes shooting bow right. SNG Copenhagen 87-88. TextImage
See also: Perseus Project database, coins of Lamia
Search for Thessaly, Lamia at CoinArchives.com
Entry for Thessaly, Lamia on the Digital Historia Numorum
Search for Lamia in the British SNG Volumes' Database at the Fitzwilliam Museum
Search for Lamia at AncientImports.com
Search for Lamia at Incitatus Coins

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