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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 350-250) 1/4 Stater382 viewsca 350-250 BC. AR Triobol (2.76g). Laureate head of Apollo right / MYTI, Kithara within linear square. Toned VF.
Mytilene (BC 454-427) EL Hekte - B54374 viewsca 454-428/7 BC. EL Hekte (10mm, 2.54g). Head of Aktaeon right, with stag's horn / Gorgoneion, within linear square. VF.
Mytilene (BC 450-400) AE 972 viewsca 440-400 BC. AE9 (0.7g). Female head right, hair in sakkos / Quadripartite incuse square. VF.
Antissa (BC 300-200) AE 18512 views3rd century BC. AE18 (4.96g). Head of young male right; countermark: rose? / Α-Ν/Τ-ΙΣ, head of male right with pointed beard, wearing conical headdress (Dionysos Phallen); kerykeion in field to right. Light brown patina, VF. Very rare. Joy coll.

For identification as Dionysos Phallen see Imhoof-Blumer, Zur Münzkunde des Pontos, von Paphlagonien, Tenedos, Aiolis und Lesbos, ZfN 20 (1897), 285.
Mytilene (BC 412-378) EL Hekte - B67322 viewsca 412-378 BC. EL Hekte (2.5g, 11mm). Head of Zeus Ammon right / Female head right, wearing stephane, within linear square. VF.
Eresos (BC 300-200) AE 9363 views3rd cent BC. AE9 (0.59g). Head of Hermes left, wearing petasos / ΕΡΕΣΙ, corn-ear, bee in field to left. VF. Extremely rare. Joy coll.
Methymna (BC 400-360) Silenos - Obol410 viewsca 400 BC. AR Obol (0.46g). Facing head of Silenos / Tortoise in linear circle within shallow incuse circle. Near EF. Rare.
Mytilene (BC 377-326) EL Hekte - B-1078 viewsca 377-326 BC. EL Hekte (2.46g, 11mm). Female head (Leda ?) right, hair coiled / Head of Nike right, hair bound with a taenia, N-I/K-[A], all within linear square. VF, very rare with only three known. Unknown in standard references. Carr coll.

A very rare coin of considerable interest. The obverse has a die match with Bodenstedt 82 which he described as being the head of Leda. That obverse die only known by that single specimen noted by Bodenstadt which has a reverse of a swan. The reverse of this coin is Nike. At the time of sale, only three specimens known of this type. The inscription is not complete on any of the three specimens known but as a combination it is clear that the letters are N-I/K-A. Silvia Hurter in her article, on the first of the specimens known, notes that the inscription makes it clear that the reverse is that of Nike and it can be inferred that this coin was struck to commemorate a victory, but which is uncertain (see Die Nike von Mytilene: Eine anonyme Siegespragung, SM 202, June 2001, pp. 21-22).

Last additions - Lesbos
Mytilene (BC 454-427) EL Hekte - B4419 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 Alexander2 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-20 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
Mytilene (BC 412-378) EL Hekte - B65 var.76 viewsca 412-378 BC. EL Hekte (2.59g, 10mm, 7h). Bearded head of Ares right, wearing crested Attic helmet / Head of Amazon right, her hair drawn up and tied, in linear border within incuse square. gVF. Carr coll.

This emission is a variation of Bodenstedt 65. The reverse usually shows Amazon wearing an ornate helmet with the forepart of a griffin. This coin shows the Amazon without a helmet and her hair drawn up and tied. Bodenstedt does describe this variation for which he records 5 examples from a single die. At auction, only 5 other examples have appeared, thus this appears to be only the 11th example known. The obverse is from a die unrecorded by Bodenstedt and unknown from the examples from auctions.
1 commentsNov 10, 2016
Mytilene (BC 521-478) Hemihekte - B-99 viewsca 530-522 BC. EL Hemihekte (1.25g, 9.4mm). Forepart of winged boar, right / Incuse head of man-headed bull / river god, left. Obverse struck from rusty die, otherwise gVF. Carr coll.

The cataloguer at CNG described this coin as “Unpublished. Unique, and this issue is unknown in any other denomination.” A fascinating and important coin, as it confirms that a fraction, in addition to Hekte, was issued by Mytilene. Bodenstedt suggested a series of fractional emissions could be attributed to Mytilene - these have a calf head facing right on the obverse and incuse square on the reverse. This attribution is disputed by many scholars (see Coin ID #12959). In this context, this new fraction is of significant interest.
Sep 15, 2016
Mytilene (BC 350-250) 1/4 Stater70 viewsca 350-250 BC. AR Hemidrachm (2.77g, 14mm). Laureate head of Apollo right / M-Y/T-I, lyre within linear border. gVF.Sep 12, 2016
Mytilene (BC 377-326) EL Hekte - B9261 viewsca 377-326 BC. EL Hekte (2.53g, 11mm). Bust of Maenad, hair in sphendone, right / Torch in linear square. EF.Sep 12, 2016
Mytilene (BC 377-326) EL Hekte - B9174 viewsca 377-326 BC. EL Hekte (2.53g, 11mm). Veiled head of Demeter right, wearing wreath of grain ears / Filleted tripod with linear square. gVF.Sep 12, 2016