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Ancient Greek and Roman coins from Asia Minor

Coin ID #11257

Mytilene (BC 412-378) EL Hekte - B78

ca 412 - 378 BC. EL Hekte (2.54g, 6h, 10mm). Head of Ariadne left, hair in sakkos decorated with three grape bunches / Lion crouching right, breaking spear in jaws, in linear square within incuse square. Good VF. Ex Ponterio. Carr coll.

Ten examples are recorded in Bodenstedt and a further six examples have appeared in auction.

File information
City/Mint name:Mytilene EL
Keywords:electrum / classical
References:Bodenstedt 78 dies c/y
Valuation:Sold, Vcoins (5/2013) $1,100
Photo courtesy of:Holyland Numismatics -
Filesize:53 KiB
Date added:May 24, 2014
Dimensions:700 x 340 pixels
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Adrian   [Apr 02, 2015 at 04:17 PM]
The reverse has been variously described as: a lion breaking a spear in its jaws; a lion holding/biting a curved sword or sabre (κοπίς) in its mouth; a lion gnawing a leg bone; and as a lion gnawing on antlers of a stag. Notwithstanding the differences in description, this reverse is one of the few to have very close links to other coinage of a similar or earlier period. Early drachmae of Velia have a similar type, but an almost identical type is found on a very rare emission of staters and hemi-hekte of Kyzikos of ca 450 BC (see Coin ID #12346). Colin M. Kraay [Archaic and Classical Greek Coins (1976), p. 263] comments on the connection of the drachmae and Kyzikos (Cyzicus - Cyzicene) examples, noting the rarity of deliberate reproductions of specific coin-types across cities. There are a few similar types between the emissions of Mytilene and Phokaia, but this is a rare example of a coin-type of Mytilene with a connection with an emission of another city other than Phokaia.

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