MACEDON, Chalkidian League. Circa 358-355 BC.
Tetradrachm (Silver, 24 mm, 14.47 g, 6 h), Olynthos. Annikas, magistrate. Laureate head of Apollo to right. Rev.
XAΛ-KIΔ-EΩN / EΠI ANNIKA Kithara with seven strings. Robinson & Clement 123 (A77/P106). SNG ANS 510 (same obverse die
). An exceptional piece, beautifully toned and with a fine style head of Apollo struck in high relief. Very minor flan faults, otherwise,
good extremely fine.
Ex Hess-Divo 310, 22 October 2008, 74.
The Chalkidian League was formed when several cities on the Chalkidiki broke away from Athenian rule early in the Peloponnesian War of 431-404. Its capital was the newly founded city of Olynthos, strategically located on a plain that linked the Pallene and Sithonia peninsulas and home to the mint of its beautiful silver coinage. The League became a major regional power in the 4th century BC, but it was dissolved in 348 BC after Philip II of Macedon captured and destroyed its capital, Olynthos.