Greek Ar Silver Tetradrachm Aspendos

 

9284. Greek Ar Silver Tetradrachm Aspendos

Pamphylia Ca. 370 to 333 BC

The obverse features two naked athletes wrestling, grasping each other by the arms. The reverse features a slinger, advancing right, about to discharge his sling. In a field to the right, triskeles of human legs. VF tone.

This coin is a tribute to the Wrestlers that participated in the Ancient Olympics. Like the modern sport, an athlete needed to throw his opponent on the ground, landing on a hip, shoulder, or back for a fair fall. 3 throws were necessary to win a match. Attacks such as breaking your opponent's fingers were permitted in the ancient arena. Biting was not allowed, and genital holds were also illegal.

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