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Ancient Greek and Roman coins from Asia Minor



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Lesbos Uncertain


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Mytilene (BC 454-427) EL Hekte - B45a233 viewsca 454-427 BC. EL Hekte (2.54g, 10.5mm, 4h). Head of nymph three-quarter facing and turned slightly right, wearing taenia bound at back of head / Two boars' heads confronting each other, “A” between. nEF. Carr coll.

It has been suggested that the obverse portrait is that of Sappho (see Coin ID #153) or Europa. Three examples noted by Bodenstedt, this appears to be only the eighth additional example offered at electronic auction. Of the total, four examples have the letter “A” between the heads.
Mytilene (BC 454-427) EL Hekte - B38857 viewsca 454-427 BC. EL Hekte (2.51g, 10h). Head of Selinos facing slightly left / Head of roaring lion right. VF. Struck with fresh dies. Very rare, only four specimens listed by Bodenstedt.
Mytilene (BC 377-326) EL Hekte - B90604 viewsca 377-326 BC. EL Hekte (2.56g, 10mm, 6h). Wreathed head of young Dionysos right / Facing head of satyr within linear square. VF/aEF. Ex Aufhauser Auktion 13 (10/1997), lot 111.
Mytilene (BC 454-427) EL Hekte - B51290 viewsca 454-428/7 BC. EL Hekte (10mm, 2.55g, 8h). Head of Apollo right, wearing laurel wreath / Bearded head of Silenos right within incuse square. Near EF. Very rare.
Mytilene (AD 150-200) AE 27 - Julia Procula1038 viewsJulia Procula, ca 150-200 AD. AE27 (10.05g, 7h), Apollonidas (magistrate). IOU PROKU LAN HRWIDA, draped bust of Julia Procula R, hair coiled on top of head / EPI STPA APOLLWNI, MUTI, Sappho seated right on low stool, playing lyre. VF, brown and tan patina, old scratches on reverse. Rare.
Nesos (BC 350-300) AE 9449 viewsca 350-300 BC. AE9 (0.63g). Laureate head of Apollo right / ΝΑΣΙ, panther crouching left, head reverted, astragalos below. VF, glossy, dark grayish green patina.
Methymna (BC 450-400) Silenos - Obol135 viewsca 400 BC. AR Obol (0.32g, 7mm). Head of bearded Silenos facing / Land turtle in dotted square border within incuse square. VF. Rare.
Mytilene (BC 477-455) EL Hekte - B25150 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.

Last additions - Lesbos
Mytilene (BC 377-326) EL Hekte - B95 var.17 viewsca 377-326 BC. EL Hekte (2.54g, 9.5mm, 11h). Laureate head of Apollo (Dionysos?) facing right / Head of female facing right, drapery at neck, within linear square. Good VF. Carr coll.

A variation of the usual B95 type or a distinct new type. The obverse head appears different to that of Apollo and more like Dionysos with a laurel wreath rather than the usual ivy leaves. The female head on the reverse is unusually large. CNG described this coin as: “This is one of the few coins of this type that we have handled where the obverse portrait may actually be Dionysos, as there is what looks like a pinecone at the top of the laurel wreath. Normally, Dionysos would be wreathed with ivy leaves, but the wreath on this coin, and this type, usually looks more like laurel leaves. It is possible that this type is either an engraver’s error, or was meant to be a distinct issue different from the Apollo obverse type”.
Mar 30, 2017
Mytilene (AD 193-211) AE 45 - Septimius Severus36 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 & Andromeda24 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 3318 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 - B7144 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 - B5122 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 - B4495 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.
1 commentsFeb 12, 2017
Methymna (AD 222-235) AE 34 - Severus Alexander17 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