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Ancient Greek and Roman coins from Asia Minor



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Mytilene EL


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Lesbos Uncertain


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Random coins - Lesbos
Mytilene (BC 400-350) Diobol479 viewsca 400-350 BC. AR Diobol (1.28g). Laureate head of Apollo right / Female head right, MYT. Toned VF.
Mytilene (BC 454-427) EL Hekte - B35 219 viewsca 454-427 BC. EL Hekte (2.47g, 9mm, 6h). Helmeted head of Athena right / Confronting calf’s heads and ΛΕ above, all within incuse square. Near VF. Carr coll. Ex Naville 9, lot 72 (9/2014).

Bodenstedt notes two varieties of the reverse - one with the letters ΛΕ above the confronting calf’s heads and one without. Of the 24 examples noted by Bodenstedt, only 4 are with ΛΕ. The letters ΛΕ denote the coin is from the island of Lesbos. There are 5 different electrum coin emissions of Mytilene that include the letters ΛΕ - B14, B20, B23, B28 and B35.
Eresos (BC 300-200) AE 18375 views3rd cent BC. AE18 (5.03g). Head of Hermes right, wearing petasos / ΕΡΕΣΙ, corn-ear, kerykeion in field to right. Dark green patina, oval flan, F. Very rare. Joy coll.; ex Lindgren coll.
Methymna (AD 198-209) AE 20 - Geta1027 viewsGeta, as Caesar, 198-209 AD. AE20 (4.76g, 8h). Bare-headed, draped, and cuirassed bust right / Helmeted and draped bust of Athena right, wearing aegis. Near VF, dark green patina.
Mytilene (BC 477-455) EL Hekte - B25143 viewsca 478-455 BC. EL Hekte (2.48g, 10mm). Head of roaring lion right / Calf's head to the left. VF.

Bodenstedt records two examples of this type. A further single examples has appeared in an auction.
Mytilene (AD 253-260) AE 34 - Valerian I184 viewsValerian I, 253-260 AD. AE34 (18.79g, 12h). Aristomachus, strategos. Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right / Tyche standing left, holding rudder and cornucopia. Dark patina, VF.
Methymna (BC 400-360) Silenos - Obol458 viewsca 400 BC. AR Obol (0.35g, 8mm, 11h). Facing head of bearded Silenos / Land turtle in circle. VF, very rare.
Mytilene (BC 454-427) EL Hekte - B401099 viewsca 454-427 BC. EL Hekte (2.53g). Male head right, wearing taenia / Corinthian helmet right; M before; all within linear square. VF. Rare.

Last additions - Lesbos
Mytilene (AD 193-211) AE 45 - Septimius Severus22 viewsSeptimius Severus, 193-211 AD. AE45 - Medallion (54.14g). AY KAI A CЄΠ CЄOYHPOC ΠЄPTINAΞ, laureate, cuirassed bust right, wearing aegis / ЄΠI CTPA APT ЄMΩNOC TOY CЄKOYN Emperor in military dress standing left, holding parazonium and sacrifing with a patera over lighted altar. Behind Nike holding palm and crowing him. In exergue, MYTIΛHNAIΩN. Extremely rare. Brown tone. gVF.Feb 20, 2017
Mytilene (AD 81-96) AE 19 - Sextus & Andromeda12 viewsTime of Domitian, 81-96 AD AE19 (3.23g). CЄITOC NЄOC MAKAP, head of Sextus right / ANΔPOMЄΔA NЄA ΛЄC, bust of Andromeda right. Extremely Rare. gVF. Ex Bank Leu - Münzen und Medaillen sale (10/1966), Niggeler part. II, 613.Feb 20, 2017
Mytilene (AD 253-268) AE 339 viewsTime of Valerian and Gallienus, 253-268 AD. AE33 (16.66g). Homonoia with Pergamum. Turreted and draped bust of Tyche of Mytilene right / Tyche of Mytilene standing left, holdin Asklepios facing Tyche of Pergamum standing right, holding Artemis. Very rare. Attractive brown tone. gVF. Clain-Stefanelli coll.Feb 19, 2017
Mytilene (BC 412-378) EL Hekte - B7120 viewsca 412-378 BC. EL Hekte (2.49g, 10mm, 6h). Head of Athena facing right, wearing crested Attic helmet / Long bearded head of Pharnabazos facing right wearing Persian headdress with ends falling behind neck, within linear frame within incuse square. Good VF, well centred, long bearded variety of this emission. Carr coll.

Bodenstedt notes 13 examples, a further 17th examples have appeared in auctions including this coin. A very sought after emission in this series for its historical importance. The reverse depicts Pharnabazos who played a significant role in the Peloponnesian War, providing Persian military and financial support to Sparta. In BC 399, when Sparta turned on its former ally and invaded Persia, Pharnabazos organised the Persian fleet and with the assistance of the Athenian Conon and Evagoras of Salamis, fought a decisive sea-battle in BC 394 near Knidos, completely destroying the Spartan fleet. Pharnabazos was the hereditary satrap of Phrygia and his granddaughter, Apame (Apama), married Seleukos and thus is said to be the founding Queen of the Seleukid Empire.
Feb 18, 2017
Mytilene (BC 454-427) EL Hekte - B5111 viewsca 454-428/7 BC. EL Hekte (2.56g, 10mm, 3h). Laureate head of Apollo facing right / Bearded head of Silenos facing right, within incuse square. Good VF, well centred with reverse weakly struck as is usual for this emission. Carr coll.

A popular collectors' coin, Bodenstedt noting 9 examples. This is the 17th additional example to appear in auctions.
Feb 18, 2017
Mytilene (BC 454-427) EL Hekte - B4474 viewsca 454-428/7 BC. EL Hekte (2.51g, 10mm, 12h). Head of nymph three-quarter facing and turned slightly right, wearing taenia that is bound up at the back of her head / Bull's head left; M above; all within incuse square. Good VF. Carr coll.

A rare coin with Bodenstedt noting just 7 examples. There are only 7 additional examples appearing in auctions before this sale. This emission shares an obverse similar to B45 with some sharing the same die. There is a variation of the obverse in which at the top left of field (10:00) contains a letter “A” (see Coin ID 12993). On the reverse, the “M” above the bull’s head has been taken to indicate Mytilene.
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Methymna (AD 222-235) AE 34 - Severus Alexander5 viewsSeverus Alexander, 222-235 AD. AE34 (21.69g). Lollianos, strategos. AV K M AVP CЄ AΛЄΞANΔPOC, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right / ЄΠ CTP ΛOΛΛIANOV MHΘVMNAIΩN, Tyche standing left, holding rudder and cornucopia. Extremely rare. VF.Feb 07, 2017
Mytilene (BC 477-455) EL Hekte - B-38 viewsca 478-455 BC. EL Hekte (2.50g, 9.5mm, 11h). Head of female right, hair bound in sakkos; Λ¬E flanking neck; all on raised disk / Incuse head of cock right; small square behind neck. gVF.

The cataloguer at CNG described this coin as “Unique.” If genuine, this is a fascinating and important coin as its obverse and reverse are of an unknown type and the obverse appears to be a ‘shield-like’. The obverse has a ‘hint’ of an under-type at 5 o’clock.

The coin is an ‘enigma’: The reverse is a cock's head facing right. B3, B7 and B9 are comparable portraits but all face left. The reverse type suggests that the coin is pre-455 BC but the obverse has a portrait of a woman which is unknown for the early series. The 'shield-like' attachment on the obverse does not have a precedent in the Mytilene series.
Jan 13, 2017