Asia Minor Coins - Photo Gallery

Ancient Greek and Roman coins from Asia Minor


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Karia Uncertain (BC 300-100) AE 972 views3rd-2nd centuries BC. AE9 (0.86g). Head of Helios(?) facing slightly right / Dolphin leaping right, T below. VF. Very rare.
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Karia Uncertain (BC 400-300) Hemiobol40 views5th-4th century BC. AR Hemiobol (0.41g, 7mm). Draped bust of Apollo facing slightly right / Forepart of Pegasos right. aEF. Very rare.
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Karia Uncertain (BC 400-340) Hemiobol636 viewsca 400-340 BC. AR Hemiobol (ca 0.4g). Head of lion turned left, within linear circular border / Head of bull left, Carian letter behind. About extremely fine.
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Karia Uncertain (BC 400-340) Hemiobol388 viewsca 400-340 BC. AR Hemiobol (0.39g). Lion's head turned left, in linear circle / Head and neck of bull left, Carian letters. Very rare.
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Karia Uncertain (BC 400-340) Hemiobol335 viewsca 400-340 BC. AR Hemiobol (7mm, 0.4g). Head of lion turned left, within linear circular border / Head of bull left, Karian letter or dynastic symbol on shoulder. VF.1 comments
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Karia Uncertain (BC 400-340) Hemiobol221 viewsca 400-340 BC. AR Hemiobol (8mm, 0.44g, 6h). Head and neck of lion left within linear circle / Head of bull left, Karian letter to right. VF. Rare.
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Karia Uncertain (BC 400-340) Hemiobol237 viewsca 400-340 BC. AR Hemiobol (0.51g). Head and neck of lion turning left within linear circle / Head of bull left, Karian letters around. gVF. Rare. R. Mueller coll.
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Karia Uncertain (BC 400-340) Hemiobol226 viewsca 400-340 BC. AR Hemiobol (0.52g). Head and neck of lion turning left within linear circle / Head of bull left, Karian letters around. gVF. Rare. R. Mueller coll.
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Karia Uncertain (BC 400-340) Hemiobol101 viewsca 4th century BC. AR Hemiobol (7mm, 0.27g). Head of lion turned left, within linear circular border / Head of bull left, Karian letter or dynastic symbol on shoulder. VF. Rare.
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Karia Uncertain (BC 400-340) Hemiobol143 viewsca 4th century BC. AR Hemiobol (8mm, 0.37g). Head of lion turned left, within linear circular border / Head of bull left, Karian letter or dynastic symbol to right. VF. Rare.
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Karia Uncertain (BC 400-340) Hemiobol80 viewsca 400-350 BC. AR Hemiobol (8mm, 0.4g). Head of lion turned left, within linear circular border / Head of bull left, Karian letter behind. gVF.
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Karia Uncertain (BC 400-340) Hemiobol 85 viewsca 4th century BC. AR Hemiobol (7mm, 0.31g). Head of lion turned left, within linear circular border / Head of bull left, Karian letter or dynastic symbol to right. VF. Rare.
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Karia Uncertain (BC 400-340) Tetartemorion205 viewsca 400-340 BC. AR Tetartemorion (0.19g). Lion's head turned left, in linear circle / Head and neck of bull left, Carian letters. Very rare.
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Karia uncertain (BC 430-400) Triobol210 viewsca 430-400 BC. AR Triobol (2.70g, 14mm, 12h). Forepart of lion right / Laureate head left; )TMIΞMT to left, monogram to lower right; all within incuse square. Good VF, toned. Very rare.
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Karia Uncertain (BC 440) Diobol375 viewsca 440 BC. AR Diobol (1.29g). Forepart of lion with open mouth right / Laureate head of young male left, Carian inscription (name of Dynast?) to left, letter to right, in incuse square. Very rare, cleaned surface, very fine.
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Karia Uncertain (BC 450-400) boar/dog - Hemiobol360 views5th cent BC. AR Hemiobol (0.31g, 7mm, 2h). Forepart of winged boar right / Head and neck of dog (hound) left on leash and collar, within incuse square.
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Karia Uncertain (BC 450-400) boar/dog - Hemiobol156 viewsca 480/70-430 BC. AR Hemiobol (6mm, 0.27g, 12h). Forepart of boar right / Leashed head and neck of hound left. Good VF, light porosity. Very rare.


Babelon (Traité des monnaies Grecques et Romaines) describes the reverse as a wolf with a crescent before it, which would be easy to misinterpret from the poorly preserved specimen he plated. On the current and following lot, however, it is clear the animals are leashed. This and the following two lots no doubt refer to the royal hunt, with the prey on the obverse and the hunting companion – a hound – on the reverse.
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Karia Uncertain (BC 450-400) boar/dog - Hemiobol121 viewsca 480/70-430 BC. AR Hemiobol (7mm, 0.30g, 5h). Forepart of boar left / Leashed head and neck of hound right. VF, light porosity. Very rare.
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Karia Uncertain (BC 450-400) boar/dog - Obol?338 views5th century BC. AR Obol? (0.51g). Forepart of boar / Forepart of wolf or dog. VF. Rosen 405 (this coin), otherwise unpublished.
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Karia Uncertain (BC 450-400) bull - Hemiobol107 viewsca 500-470 BC. AR Tetartemorion (7mm, 0.28g, 11h). Head of roaring lion right / Confronted bull’s heads. Unpublished in the standard references. gVF.

An interesting coin. The lion appears Carian in style, and the confronted bull’s heads oddly resemble the facing “horned” lion heads of some types typically given to Hekatomnos (compare SNG Keckman 843).
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Karia Uncertain (BC 450-400) bull - Tetartemorion276 views5th century BC. AR Tetartemorion (0.12g, 5mm). Rosette / Head of bull right. Extremely rare (2nd recorded?). Obverse off center, good very fine.
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Karia Uncertain (BC 450-400) bull - Tetartemorion14 viewsca 4th century BC. AR Tetartemorion (0.12g, 5mm). Pellet within wreath / Head of bull left within incuse circle. VF. Very rare.
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Karia Uncertain (BC 450-400) female/lion - Obol337 viewsca 5th cent. BC. AR Obol (0.63g, 8mm). Female head (of Archaic style) left / Protome of lion in incuse square. F. Unpublished?
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Karia Uncertain (BC 450-400) female/lion - Obol374 viewsca 5th cent. BC. AR Obol (0.61g). Female head (of Archaic style) left, hair in sakkos / Facing head of lion within incuse square. gVF. Unpublished?
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Karia Uncertain (BC 450-400) griffin/lion - Obol332 views5th century BC. AR Obol (0.57g, 7mm). Head griffin right / Incuse of lion head right. Apparently unpublished and unique. VF.1 comments
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Karia Uncertain (BC 450-400) griffin/lion - Obol258 viewsca 460-440 BC. AR Obol (0.62g). Head of griffin right / Facing head of lion within incuse square. Toned, VF. Rare. R. Mueller coll.
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Karia Uncertain (BC 450-400) griffin/lion - Obol135 viewsca 5th century BC. AR Obol (0.66g). Head of griffin right / Facing head of lion within incuse square. Toned, VF. Rare.
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Karia Uncertain (BC 450-400) griffin/lion - Obol93 views5th century BC. AR Obol (0.60g, 7mm). Head of griffin right / Facing head of lion within incuse square. Toned, VF. Rare.
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Karia Uncertain (BC 450-400) lion/eagle - Obol288 viewsca 465-440 BC. AR Obol (0.72g). Forepart of lion left / Eagle flying right, in incuse square. VF-EF. Ex Hirsch Nachf. 175 (1992), lot 419.
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Karia Uncertain (BC 450-400) lion/eagle - Obol240 viewsca mid-5th century BC. AR Obol (8mm, 0.65g, 3h). Forepart of a roaring lion right / Eagle flying right within incuse square. VF, toned.
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Karia Uncertain (BC 450-400) lion/eagle - Obol214 viewsca mid-5th century BC. AR Obol (8mm, 0.68g, 10h). Forepart of a roaring lion left / Eagle flying left within incuse square. VF, toned.
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Karia Uncertain (BC 450-400) lion/eagle - Obol129 viewsca mid-5th century BC. AR Obol (0.69g, 7mm, 12h). Forepart of lion left / Eagle flying right in incuse square. VF, toned. Very rare.
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Karia Uncertain (BC 450-400) lion/panther - Obol256 viewsca 465-440 BC. AR Obol (0.68g, 8mm). Forepart of roaring lion right / Facing head of panther within incuse square. VF.
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Karia Uncertain (BC 450-400) lion/panther - Obol246 viewsca 465-440 BC. AR Obol (0.72g). Forepart of roaring lion right / Facing head of panther in incuse square. VF. Ex Hirsch Nachf. 175 (1992), lot 407.
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Karia Uncertain (BC 450-400) lion/panther - Obol180 viewsca mid-5th century BC. AR Obol (8mm, 0.69g, 2h). Forepart of a roaring lion right / Facing panther’s head within incuse square. VF, toned.
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Karia Uncertain (BC 450-400) sphinx/panther - Hemiobol336 viewsca 450-400 BC. AR Hemiobol (0.40g). Forepart of Sphinx right / Head of lion facing within incuse square. VF. Very rare, second known specimen. Ex Peus Auk. 324 (1989), lot 161.
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Karia Uncertain (BC 450-400) sphinx/panther - Hemiobol578 views5th century BC. AR Hemiobol (0.38g, 6mm, 6h). Forepart of sphinx seated right / Facing lion head. VF, find patina. Very rare.
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Karia Uncertain (BC 450-400) sphinx/panther - Hemiobol27 viewsca 400 BC. AR Hemiobol (8mm, 0.39g). Sphinx seated left / Head of panther facing. aVF. Apparently unpublished with sphinx left.
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Karia Uncertain (BC 470-420) Obol129 views5th century BC. AR Trihemiobol(?) (10mm, 1.17g, 11h). Facing gorgoneion with protruding tongues surrounded by four wings in counter-clockwise direction / Winged female figure running right, looking back, within incuse square. Unpublished in the standard references. VF, toned, a bit porous. Extremely rare.
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Karia Uncertain (BC 470-420) Triobol489 viewsca 430 BC. AR Drachm (3.78g, 3h). Gorgoneion with out-stretched tongue, surround by four wings arranged in clockwise direction / Harpy with four wings and stretched claws flying right, 3 pellets to left, all in deep incuse square. Very rare. Light toning, VF.

One of the very rare representations of a Harpy on an ancient coin. The dating and assignment to a Carian mint are not completely secure - one finds the Harpy motif on other Carian Incerta from the second half of the 5th century BC (see Troxell, Winged Carians, p. 262, 37-40), but a mint in Lycia could also be conceivable.
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Karia Uncertain (BC 500-440) Diobol215 viewsca 500-440 BC. AR Diobol - Milesian Standard (1.93g, 10mm). Bull standing right, head reverted / Quadripartite incuse square. gVF.
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Karia Uncertain (BC 500-480) Stater301 viewsca 500-480 BC. AR Stater (10.82g). Lion's head left with foreleg below / Dipartite incuse square, parted diagonally. Struck from rusty dies. VF.

Attributed to Issos in Kilikia in earlier times, the obverse type is clearly reminiscent of Karian coins (cf. SNG Kayhan 929-30). In fact, B. Head had pondered Knidos as the place of minting (Historia Numorum, 1st ed. 1886), p. 523 note). This is certainly wrong - both the standard and the fabric are different - but Karia is still likely to be the area of this issue.
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Karia Uncertain (BC 500-490) 1/6 Stater165 viewsca 500 BC. AR Hekte - 1/6 Stater (1.96g, 12mm). Dolphin leaping right within square frame with floral ornaments in four corners / Two rough incuse rectangles divided by a broad band. Fine, porosity. Extremely rare.
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Karia Uncertain (BC 500-490) Stater85 viewsca 500­-490 BC. AR Stater (21.5mm, 14.00g). Two dolphins right; pellet between; all within linear square border / Two rectangular incuses. VF, toned, granular surfaces, light scuff on reverse. Extremely rare issue with both dolphins right, only the von Aulock and CNG 96 specimens published.
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Karia Uncertain (BC 500-490) Stater136 viewsca 500-490 BC. AR Stater (19mm, 14.54g). Two dolphins right within linear square border / Two rectangular incuses. VF, toned, light porosity. Extremely rare issue with both dolphins right, only the von Aulock specimen published.

This coinage had originally been attributed to Poseidion on Karpathos, but Cahn’s analysis of the issues bearing an inscription, πos, has conclusively shown that this legend is not an ethnic and cannot point to a mint in Poseidion. It is most likely struck from a mint on the coast of Caria or one of the other mints that used this form of double rectangular incuse: Ialysos, Kamiros, or Lindos.
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Karia Uncertain (BC 520-490) Obol159 views5th century BC. AR Obol (7mm, 0.57g). Head of roaring lion right / Incuse punch. Fine, minor porosity. Alighieri Coll.
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Karia uncertain (BC 520-490) Stater303 viewsca 520-490 BC. AR Stater (16mm, 10.84g). Forepart of a roaring lion right / Divided incuse punch. VF, minor granularity.
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Karia Uncertain (BC 520-490) Tetartemorion314 viewsca 450-400 BC. AR Tetartemorion (0.14g, 5mm). Head of roaring lion right / Rough incuse square. Good VF. Rare and attractive.
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Karia Uncertain (BC 520-490) Tetartemorion342 viewsca 500-450 BC. AR Tetartemorion (5mm, 0.17g). Roaring lion head right / Incuse square punch. VF, darkly toned. Extremely rare.
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Karia Uncertain (BC 540-535) EL 1/24 Stater930 viewsMylasa(?). ca 540-535 BC. EL 1/24 Stater (0.58g). Roaring lion head right / Diagonally divided incuse punch. EF, perfectly centered. Extremely rare, possibly the second known.
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Karia Uncertain (BC 550-500) EL 1/12 Stater2050 viewsca 550-500 BC. EL 1/12th Stater (1.29g). Forepart of roaring lion right / Quadripartite incuse square. EF. Rare.

This is a difficult coin to identify with certainty, but the lion resembles some of those found on early silver fractions attributed to Caria.
 
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