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Ancient Greek and Roman coins from Asia Minor

Region Cities/Mints Coins
Bithynia
17 687
Paphlagonia
11 158
Pontos
19 280
Troas
26 792
Mysia
31 1,104
Lesbos
9 482
Aiolis
12 320
Ionia
26 1,686
Lydia
41 1,225
Phrygia
56 1,015
Galatia
6 114
Karia
54 1,079
Lykia
35 469
Pamphylia
7 393
Pisidia
33 578
Lykaonia
11 82
Kappadokia
7 386
Kilikia
49 1,940
Cyprus
8 132
Asia Minor General
7 360
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Kos (BC 470-450) Triple-Siglos654 viewsca 470-450 BC. AR Triple Siglos (Persic) (16.43g). ΚΩΙΟΝ, nude athlete (diskobolos) standing right on his right leg, left leg crossing behind it, upper part of body bent to right, head turned left, both arms raised over his head, throwing large diskos with his right hand; tripod on ground line to left / Crab in dotted incuse square. Very rare. Bold representation of an athlete cought in action. Toned, gVF/EF. Ex W. H. Waddington coll. and ex duplicates of the Cabinet des Medailles de la Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris.
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Magnesia (AD 235-238) AE 28 - Maximinus I87 viewsMaximinus I, 235-238 AD. AE28 (9.05g). Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right / Dionysus standing right, holding thyrsus; in front, Maenad standing right holding crown. Extremely rare. Only seven specimens cited of this type. aVF.
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Phaselis (BC 250-220) Stater339 viewsca 250-220 BC. AR Stater (10.05g, 2h). Nausikrates, magistrate. Prow of galley right, ornamented with race torch / Stern of galley left; ΝΑΥΣΙΚΡΑΗΣ-ΦΑΣΗ above. Apparently an unpublished magistrate. Nicely toned and centered. Minor scratches, otherwise, EF. Ex Giessener Munzhandlung 89 (5/1998), lot 235.
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Syedra (AD 253-260) AE 30 - Valerian I299 viewsValerian I, 253-260 AD. AE30 - 11 Assaria (15.47g). Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; IA in field / Judgment of Ares, with Dike and Hermes leading Ares. Near VF, dark brown patina.

Ares slew Halirrhothius, son of Poseidon, for assaulting Ares' daughter, Alcippe. The site where Ares came before the gods for judgement became the Areopagos (Hill of Ares) in Athens, the location of the Athenian law courts. Ares was absolved of murder. It is unknown why this event had such import for Syedra, but the scene appears frequently on its 3rd century coinage.
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Erythrai (BC 500-480) Didrachm402 viewsca 480 BC. AR Didrachm (6.80g). Naked rider (Hero Erythros?) right / Quadripartite incuse square. VF.
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Kyzikos (BC 500-450) Hemiobol393 viewsca 550-500 BC. AR Hemiobol (0.48g). Lotus flower (?), tunny fish below / Mill-sail pattern incuse. Unpublished.
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Gargara (BC 350) AE 9687 viewsca 3rd-2nd cent BC. AE9 (0.58g). Laureate head of Apollo right / Horse galloping right, ΓΑΡ above. Dark green patina, gVF. Gutknecht coll.1 comments
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Bageis (AD 211-217) AE - Caracalla476 viewsCaracalla, 211-217 AD. AE Medallion (45.26g). Υ Κ Α Μ ΑΥΡ ΑΝΤΩΝΕΙΝΟC, laureate cuirassed bust right / ΚΑΙCΑΡΕΩΝ ΒΑΓΗΝΩΝ, emperor riding right, trampling barbarians; to right, Nike standing left and crowing horse. Good VF. Extremely rare. Unpublished?

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Kyzikos (AD 193-217) AE 26 - Julia Domna1 viewsJulia Domna, Augusta, 193-217 AD. AE26 (10.98g). IOYΛIA CЄBACTH, draped bust right / KYZIKHNΩN NЄOKOPΩN, man sitting right on rocks under a tree, milking goat standing right, head turned back. gVF, dark green patina, marks, small patina chips. Ex Numismatica Ars Classica Auc. 100 (5/2017), lot 1212; ex Gorny & Mosch Sale 237 (3/2016), 1656; ex Gitbud & Naumann Auc. 34 (8/2015), lot 581.Nov 19, 2017
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Kyzikos (BC 510-480) Hemiobol5 viewsca 500 BC. AR Hemiobol (0.52g, 8mm). Forepart of boar left; to right, tunny upward / Quadripartite incuse square. Apparently unpublished.Nov 03, 2017
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Phokaia (BC 387-326) EL Hekte - B10258 viewsca 387-326 BC. EL Hekte (2.56g, 10mm). Laureate female head (Sappho), hair in sakkos; below, small seal / Quadripartite incuse square. Lightly toned and unusually well centered, gVF. Carr coll.

Bodenstedt notes 36 examples of this emission. Most examples omit the small seal due to the strike not being well centered. The obverse portrait is thought to be that of the female Greek poet Sappho, a native of Lesbos. A similar female portrait is to be found on a rare and unpublished Stater of Lampsakos [see CNG Auc. 100 lot 74].
Oct 26, 2017
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Mytilene (BC 454-427) EL Hekte - B-28 viewsca 521-478 BC. EL Hekte (2.51g, 10mm). Head of Persephone right / Lyre or kithara within incuse. VF. Carr coll.

This emission is not recorded in Bodenstedt. This is the 5th example to appear at auction. Reverse is die match to example auctioned by CNG Auc. 105 (5/2017), lot 285.
Oct 24, 2017
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Antiocheia (AD 139-161) AE 20 - Marcus Aurelius32 viewsMarcus Aurelius, as Caesar, 139-161 AD. AE 20 (5.04g). AVRELIVS CAESAR, bare head right / COLONIAE ANTIOCHEAE, female (Fortuna/Tyche?) standing left, holding long scepter in left hand and emptying cornucopiae with right. Rare. VF.Oct 09, 2017
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Mytilene (BC 521-478) EL 1/24 Stater - B- 60 viewsca 521-478 BC. EL 1/24 Stater (0.65g, 6mm, 11h). Head of calf to left / Incuse head of lion to left, rectangular punch behind. EF. Carr coll.

Unknown to Bodenstedt. One other recorded example known - Gorny & Mosch 195, 222 (12,000 EUR). This coin, coupled with 1/12 Stater on Asia Minor Coins (Coin ID #13297), confirms that Lesbos had fractions of a Stater in addition to the hekte.
Sep 30, 2017
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Kios (BC 330-300) AE 1432 views3rd century BC. AE14 (2.82g, 12h). Head of Mithras right, wearing a laureate tiara / Kantharos with two grape vines within wreath of grain. VF, dark green patina. Scarce.Sep 24, 2017
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Kios (BC 330-300) AE 1529 views3rd century BC. AE15 (4.07g, 12h). Head of Mithras right, wearing peaked cap / KIANΩN, club right; two monograms below. Near VF, brown patina, light cleaning marks.Sep 24, 2017