Sep 11 – 16, 2022
University of Warsaw
Europe/Warsaw timezone

The Corinthian Mint of Demetrios Poliorketes

Sep 15, 2022, 2:40 PM
Auditorium Maximum - Adam Mickiewicz Hall

Auditorium Maximum - Adam Mickiewicz Hall

oral presentation S13. GREECE 13. PELOPONNESE


Michael Ierardi ( Bridgewater State University )


In his catalogue (1927) of the coinage of Demetrios Poliorketes, Edward T. Newell was unable to assign to a mint a substantial body of bronze issues (Newell nos. 162-174), whose characteristic types were a youthful male Head in Corinthian helmet r./ BA, Prow r. On grounds of control iconography and die axis, Newell tentatively assigned these issues to a royal mint in Karia or nearby regions of Asia Minor. In light of recent excavation finds this paper reattributes Newell 162 and 163 to a hitherto unrecognized royal mint at Corinth. It proceeds to examine other Demetrean royal and Corinthian civic issues, demonstrating by conjunction and overlap of controls a high degree of interpenetration of local and royal minting operations at Corinth. The paper concludes by proposing a new model for understanding the minting operations of the Diadochoi, which emphasizes cooperation wherever possible with local Greek mints and civic personnel.

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Michael Ierardi ( Bridgewater State University )

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