Nomos AG > Auction 30Auction date: 6 November 2023
Lot number: 1295

Price realized: 52,000 CHF   (Approx. 57,984 USD / 53,954 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


AKARNANIA, Federal Coinage (Akarnanian Confederacy). Circa 230 BC. Quarter Stater (Gold, 12 mm, 2.11 g, 12 h), Attic standard. Head of the youthful river-god Acheloos to right; behind, retrograde Ν. Rev. ΑΚΑΡΝΑΝΩΝ Apollo, nude but for drapery over his right leg, seated left on throne, holding bow in his right hand and leaning his left on the side of the throne; in field to left, plow. BCD Akarnania - (but cf. 14 for a quarter stater with a different letter and for references to Attic standard staters and half-staters with the plow symbol). HGC 717 (this coin illustrated, but its control mark misdescribed as being an H). Cf. De Luynes 1916 (with a differing control mark). Extremely rare. Well-struck and nicely toned. Very minor marks, otherwise, extremely fine.
From a European collection, Nomos 20, 10 July 2020, 133, ex Triton XVIII, 6 January 2015, 501, from the Mieza Collection, Nomos 7, 15 May 2013, 80 and ex Nomos 1, 6 May 2009, 56.

The exceptionally rare gold coinage of the Akarnanian League is only known from a very few specimens, all from a very limited number of issues struck over a very short time. It is usually dated to c. 250 BC but this actually seems rather unlikely since the Akarnanian League was, in fact, temporarily dissolved c. 250. It seems much more probable that the League's gold, and much more extensive silver coinage, began c. 230 when the League was reformed with Leukas as its capital and Apollo Aktios its patron.

Estimate: 30000 CHF

Match 1:
Leu Numismatik AG > Web Auction 28Auction date: 9 December 2023
Lot number: 1036

Price realized: 30 CHF   (Approx. 34 USD / 32 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


AKARNANIA, Federal Coinage (Akarnanian Confederacy). Circa 250-220 BC. AE (Bronze, 21 mm, 5.11 g, 10 h). Head of Athena to left, wearing crested Attic helmet. Rev. Head of the river-god Acheloos, in the form of a man-headed bull, to left. BCD Akarnania 41-44. BMC 21. About very fine.


Ex Leu Web Auction 18, 19-21 December 2021, 722, and previously from a European collection, formed before 2005.

Starting price: 25 CHF

Match 2:
Nomos AG > obolos 30Auction date: 17 December 2023
Lot number: 239

Price realized: 50 CHF   (Approx. 58 USD / 53 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


AKARNANIA, Federal Coinage (Akarnanian Confederacy). Stratos. Circa 420 BC. Hemidrachm (Silver, 14 mm, 2.07 g, 6 h). Horned and bearded head of the river god Achelöos to right; below, crescent downwards. Rev. F (retrograde) in a shallow incuse square. BCD Akarnania 2. Imhoof-Blumer, p. 145, 1. Traité II, IV p. 15, 7 and pl. CCLXXI, 7. Very rare. Somewhat worn as typical for Akarnanian Confederacy issues. Good fine.


Not only were the early coins of the Akarnanian Confederacy issued in very small numbers, they were also used, apparently constantly, over a long period of time, with most surviving specimens being extremely worn.

Starting price: 50 CHF

Match 3:
Classical Numismatic Group > Triton XXVIIAuction date: 9 January 2024
Lot number: 174

Price realized: 2,000 USD   (Approx. 1,832 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


AKARNANIA, Federal Coinage (Akarnanian Confederacy). Circa 200-180 BC. AR Stater (26mm, 9.58 g, 10h). Leukas mint; [...]hesippos, magistrate. Head of river-god Achelӧos right; [...]HΣIΠΠOΣ to left / Apollo Aktios, nude, holding bow in extended right hand and resting left arm on throne upon which he sits left; to left, head of boar left; [AKA]PNANΩN to right. Cf. Imhoof-Blumer, Akarnaniens 25 (drachm); BCD Akarnania 45 (this coin); HGC 4, 722 (this coin illustrated). Deeply toned, area of flat strike, minor scratches. VF. Very rare.

Ex BCD Collection (Münzen & Medaillen GmbH 23, 18 October 2007), lot 45; E. Bourgey (2 April 2001), lot 160.


Estimate: 2000 USD

Match 4:
Classical Numismatic Group > Triton XXVIIAuction date: 9 January 2024
Lot number: 173

Price realized: 7,500 USD   (Approx. 6,869 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


AKARNANIA, Federal Coinage (Akarnanian Confederacy). Circa 250-200 BC. AR Stater (27mm, 9.90 g, 3h). Leukas mint; Lykourgas, magistrate. Head of river god Achelöos right; [ΛY]KOYPΓOΣ upward to left / Apollo Aktios, nude, holding bow in extended right hand, seated left; monogram to left, AKAPNANΩN to right. Imhoof-Blumer, Akarnaniens 23; BCD Akarnania 18 (same dies); HGC 4, 721. Attractive cabinet tone, minor die wear as usual, graffiti on reverse. Near EF. Perfectly centered. Powerful head of Achelöos.

Ex New York Sale XX (7 January 2009), lot 30; Waddell 79 (2003), lot 32; Numismatic Fine Arts Winter MBS (15 January 1982), lot 163.

Founded in the fifth century BC, the Akarnanian Confederacy was composed from time to time of a varying number of the local towns. In 438 BC, the Confederacy allied itself with Athens, providing it with support during the Peloponnesian War, while at the same time expanding its own control in the region. During this period the Confederacy began to issue coinage, which, like the coins of many of the other Greek confederacies, were struck in the city-states of its leading members. The obverse of this federal coinage depicts the head of the river-god Achelöos, the eponymous patron of the river which formed the natural boundary between Akarnania and Aitolia. The reverse may depict Apollo Aktiakos, whose temple was located on the promontory overlooking the Gulf of Ambrakia and which may have served as the meeting place of the confederacy's members.

During the fourth century BC, the Confederacy shifted its alliances between Sparta and Athens as they struggled to control Greece. By the latter part of the century, however, the Akarnanian Confederacy was allied with Macedon. In 314 BC, it sided with Kassander in the Diadoch Wars. Periodic border conflicts with the Aitolians resulted in the loss of Akarnanian border territories and, although an agreement was reached in 263/2 BC, by 250 BC, at about the same time this quarter stater was minted, the Akarnanian Confederacy was divided between the Aitolians and the Molossians in Epeiros. In 230 BC the Akarnanian Confederacy enjoyed a brief revival, but after the Battle of Pydna in 168 BC, information about it disappears from the historical record.

Estimate: 3000 USD

Match 5:
Leu Numismatik AG > Web Auction 29Auction date: 24 February 2024
Lot number: 1023

Price realized: 344 CHF   (Approx. 390 USD / 361 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


SELEUKID KINGS. Antiochos Hierax, circa 242-227 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 28 mm, 17.11 g, 12 h), Lampsakos. Diademed head of young king, probably Antiochos Hierax, to right. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ - ANTIOXOY Apollo seated left on omphalos, holding arrow in his right hand and resting his left on grounded bow; in exergue, tripod. SC 851.4. Struck from somewhat worn dies and with light doubling on the reverse, otherwise, about extremely fine.


From a European collection, formed before 2005.

Starting price: 100 CHF