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[⊝ not streamed] The Palaiopolis hoard and circulation of drachmas in late hellenistic Corcyra

Sep 13, 2022, 5:40 PM
Auditorium Maximum - Adam Mickiewicz Hall

Auditorium Maximum - Adam Mickiewicz Hall


Georgia Tsouvala (Illinois State University ) Goulielma-Kyriaki Avgerinou Lee Brice (Western Illinois University)


In 1995 a hoard of 508 coins was found inside the wall of a late Hellenistic building in the Kasfiki field, at Palaiopolis on the island of Kerkyra, Greece. The archaeological context indicates the Kasfiki hoard was probably buried in the late third century BCE during the siege of Kerkyra by Pyrrhus of Epirus. This hoard is of great interest because it includes only silver drachms and hemidrachms from the ancient Greek cities of Corinth and Kerkyra. The coins of Corinth predominate, making up two thirds of the total. The coins range in condition from heavy wear, resulting from circulation, to unused. The importance of the hoard lies not only in what it may indicate about the circulation of coinage, but also of continuing trade connections between Kerkyra and its metropolis. Also, the relative chronology of the later Corinthian drachms remains uncertain and this hoard sheds light on that issue, too.

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Georgia Tsouvala (Illinois State University )


Goulielma-Kyriaki Avgerinou Lee Brice (Western Illinois University)

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