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A silver `colt',struck circa 360 -300 BC, from the Corinthian colony of Anaktorion which was situated on a promontory at the entrance to the Ambrakian gulf in Acarnania. A nice relatively high grade and very affordable ancient coin.

 

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The design is one of the classic ones of Greek coinage, and they were no strangers to flattery in copying coin designs from other states when they saw something worthwhile. I have one from Syracuse that also "borrows" the design - the only difference with it is the triskeles and the legend.

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I've also got one from Corinth itself but it's not a particularly brilliant example. I've been trying to resist the urge to start a type set for each of the city states that issued these `colts'. There's quite a few of them, and with some it can prove to be quite challenging to differentiate which `colt' came from which city state.

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