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Illrycum, Dyrrhachium. c 430 BC
Colonies of Corinth silver stater
The city was founded as Epidamnos in 627 BC by Greek colonists from Corinth and Corcyra. The city was very difficult to attack from either land being situated around a natural rocky harbor which was surrounded by inland swamps and high cliffs. When Corinth and Corcyra quarreled over the city ( a factor in stating the Peloponnesian War of 431 BC). Epidamnos was seized by Glaukias in 312 BC, attacked by Queen Teuta in 229 BC and year captured by the Romans after the First Illyrian War in 228 BC. The Romans setup Demetrius of Pharos who lost his kingdom in 219 BC at the Second Illyrian War. In the Third Illyrian War Gentius was defeated by the Romans in 168 BC and was renamed it Dyrrachium. Obverse flying Pegasus Δ below. Reverse Athena in a Corinthian helmet, dolphin and club with a retrograde E.
Mint: Dyrrhachium modern Durrës Albania
Provenance: Private acquisition *

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