Asia Minor Coins - Photo Gallery

Ancient Greek and Roman coins from Asia Minor


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Uncertain (BC 460-400) eagle - Tetartemorion132 views5th century BC. AR Tetartemorion (0.2g, 6mm). Head of Athena right, wearing Attic helmet / Eagle standing right, wings closed, in dotted square border within incuse square. VF.
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Uncertain (BC 460-400) eagle - Tetartemorion106 views4th century BC. AR Fraction (1/32 Siglos?) (0.14g, 7mm). Male head right, wearing bashlyk / Eagle standing left within pelleted linear border; all within incuse square. gVF. Extremely rare.
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Uncertain (BC 460-400) eagle - Tetartemorion100 views4th century BC. AR Fraction (6.5mm, 0.20g, 12h). Head right, wearing bashlyk / Eagle standing left; uncertain inscription to left; all in dotted square in incuse square. Unpublished. VF, a couple trace deposits, faint cleaning marks on reverse.
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Uncertain (BC 460-400) Hemiobol176 viewsca 480/70-430 BC. AR Hemiobol (6mm, 0.32g, 2h). Forepart of boar right / Forepart of hound right. VF, light porosity. Rare.
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Uncertain (BC 460-400) owl - Tetartemorion190 viewsca 5th century BC. AR Tetartemorion (5mm, 0.15g, 11h). Head of Apollo left / Owl standing left, head facing. Apparently unpublished. VF, minor porosity.
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Uncertain (BC 460-400) owl - Tetartemorion68 viewsca 5th century BC. AR Tetartemorion (6mm, 0.18g). Head of Apollo left / Owl standing left, head facing. aVF. Very rare.
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Uncertain (BC 460-400) owl - Tetartemorion94 viewsca 5th century BC. AR Tetartemorion (5mm, 0.12g). Head of Apollo left / Owl standing left, head facing. aVF. Very rare.
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Uncertain (BC 460-400) shrimp - Hemiobol123 viewsca 5th century BC. AR Hemiobol (6mm, 0.28g, 1h). Head of calf (or boar) right / Shrimp right within incuse square. VF, toned, good metal. Rare. Lee Coll.
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Uncertain (BC 460-400) shrimp - Hemiobol70 viewsca 5th century BC. AR Tetartemorion (7mm, 0.16g). Head of calf (or boar) right / Shrimp right within incuse square. VF.
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Uncertain (BC 460-400) shrimp - Hemiobol114 viewsca 5th century BC. AR Hemiobol (0.18g, 6mm). Head of calf right / Shrimp right within incuse square. aVF. Rare.1 comments
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Uncertain (BC 470) Hemidrachm?321 viewsafter 470 BC. AR Hemidrachm? (2.56g). Archaic head of man (African?) right / Winged boar right, within deep incuse square. aVF.
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Uncertain (BC 480-420) Hemidrachm634 views5th century BC. AR Hemidrachm - Triobol (1.93g, 10mm, 12h). Forepart of Chimaira right / Facing gorgoneion within incuse square. VF, porous. Extremely rare.
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Uncertain (BC 480-420) Hemidrachm137 views5th century BC. AR Diobol(?) (12mm, 1.76g, 12h). Lion at bay right / Facing gorgoneion within incuse square. Apparently unpublished. VF, surfaces a little rough.

The style of the gorgoneion is similar to another series of fractions with a different obverse type (featuring the elements of a chimera, cf. CNG 85, lot 477 and Lanz 150, lot 162). Unfortunately, that series also cannot currently be assigned to a mint.
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Uncertain (BC 480-420) Obol693 views5th century BC. AR Obol (7mm, 0.68g). Elements of Chimaera: foreparts of lion, stag, and dragon(?), joined together at center and radiating outward / Facing gorgoneion within incuse square. Unpublished. VF, toned, some porosity. Possibly unique.

This coin appears to be the obol denomination for a series featuring the Chimaera on the obverse and a gorgoneion in incuse on the reverse, for which drachms and hemidrachms are known.
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Uncertain (BC 480-420) Obol82 views5th century BC. AR Obol (0.49g, 7mm). Forepart of lion left, head turned right / Grain, uncertain letters around. VF. Unpublished?
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Uncertain (BC 480-420) Obol32 viewsca 5th century BC. AR Obol (0.66g, 7mm). Forepart of lion facing right; truncation dotted / Facing gorgon within incuse square.

The style of the gorgon is similar to several fractions attributed to Troas, but lion obverse is not indicative of any of these mints.
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Uncertain (BC 480-420) Tetartemorion115 views5th century BC. AR Tetartemorion (0.2g, 6mm). Facing gorgoneion within incuse square / Head of rooster right within incuse square. Extremely fine.
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Uncertain (BC 480-420) Tetartemorion94 viewsca 5th century BC. AR Tetartemorion (5-6mm, 0.2g). Head of Herakles (?) left / Lion forepart right. VF.
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Uncertain (BC 480-420) Tetartemorion90 viewsca 5th century BC. AR Tetartemorion (0.1g, 4mm). Lyre / Pattern of parallel grooves.
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Uncertain (BC 480-450) Hemidrachm74 viewsca 5th century BC. AR Hemidrachm (2.5g, 13mm). Sphinx facing right / Head of goat facing left in incuse square.
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Uncertain (BC 480-450) Obol244 viewsca 5th century BC. AR Obol (?) (0.73g, 8mm). Forepart of winged horse right, in dotted circle / Forepart of griffin left, in dotted square. Slightly porous, VF. Unpublished.
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Uncertain (BC 480-450) Obol86 viewsca 5th century BC. AR Obol (0.81g, 8mm). Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin / Helmeted male head right within pelleted linear border; all within incuse square. Extremely rare, very fine.
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Uncertain (BC 480-450) Tetrobol518 views5th century BC. AR Tetrobol (3.38g). Forepart of winged horse right / Head of a satyr right, within dotted incuse square. Fine/near VF, even porosity. Very rare.
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Uncertain (BC 480-450) Tetrobol197 views5th century BC. AR Drachm (16mm, 3.57g). Forepart of Pegasos right / Bearded head right within dotted linear square; all within incuse square. VF.1 comments
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Uncertain (BC 480-450) Triobol102 views5th century BC. AR Hemidrachm (13mm, 2.70g). Griffin seated right / Bearded head left within incuse square with beaded border. VF. Unpublished?
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Uncertain (BC 480-460) Hemiobol259 views6th century BC. AR Hemiobol (7mm, 0.31g, 9h). Head of lion right; leaf(?) behind / Cock standing right in incuse square. VF, toned, light porosity.
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Uncertain (BC 480-460) Hemiobol93 viewslate 6th-early 5th century BC. AR Hemiobol(?) (6mm, 0.28g, 1h). Head of lion right / Cock advancing right within incuse square. Good VF, lightly toned, porous. Rare.
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Uncertain (BC 480-460) Obol268 viewsMylasa(?). 6th century BC. AR Obol (8mm, 0.63g). Head of griffin right / Scorpion curled up within incuse punch. Good VF, dark find patina.
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Uncertain (BC 480-460) Obol133 viewsca 475 BC. AR Hemiobol (7mm, 0.58g, 8h). Head of griffin right / Head of lion right within incuse square. VF, toned, light deposit on reverse. Extremely rare.
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Uncertain (BC 480-460) Obol82 viewsca 475 BC. Hemiobol (0.51g, 8mm). Head of griffin right / Head of roaring lion left within square incuse. gVF.
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Uncertain (BC 490-440) Hemiobol133 views5th century BC. AR Hemiobol (8mm, 0.39g). Head of horned river-god facing slightly right / Quadripartite incuse square. Apparently unpublished. Near VF, toned.
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Uncertain (BC 490-440) Hemiobol100 views4th century BC. AR Hemiobol (0.29g, 7mm). Bearded head of Silenos right / Quadripartite incuse square. aVF.
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Uncertain (BC 490-440) Hemiobol131 views5th century BC. AR Hemiobol (9mm, 0.4g). Head of horned river-god facing slightly right / Quadripartite incuse square. Apparently unpublished. gVF, toned.
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Uncertain (BC 490-440) Hemiobol117 views5th century BC. AR Hemiobol (8mm, 0.36g). Head of horned river-god facing slightly right / Quadripartite incuse square. Apparently unpublished. aEF, toned.
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Uncertain (BC 490-440) Hemiobol76 viewsIdyma(?), 5th century BC. AR Hemiobol (7mm, 0.27g). Horned head of river god facing slightly right / Quadripartite incuse square. VF.
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Uncertain (BC 500) Bull - Diobol1027 viewsca 500 BC. AR Diobol (1.24g). Head of bull left / Incuse punch. Good VF. Unpublished.1 comments
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Uncertain (BC 500) Bull - Diobol170 views6th century BC. AR Diobol (10mm, 1.23g, 12h). Head of bull left / Rough incuse punch; the upper half with a small hook-like object and a head of a lion facing left. Good VF, toned.

A very unusual piece, with the small figures engraved in the incuse punch. It somewhat resembles the Persian sigloi with lion’s head or helmet engraved into the punch. Two other pieces from the same dies have appeared in recent auctions; Tlakec (2/2000), lot 110 (as uncertain Ionia) and CNG 64 (9/2003), lot 252 (as Mytilene). In neither case was the reverse figures noted.
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Uncertain (BC 500) Bull - Hemiobol115 views5th-4th century BC. AR Hemiobol(?) (8mm, 0.34g). Head of lion or bull (?) left; border of pelleted circle within two linear circles / Incuse square divided into eight segments, each containing a pellet. Apparently unpublished. VF, toned. Rare. Ex CNG 91 (9/2012), lot 347.
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Uncertain (BC 500) Bull - Hemiobol82 views5th-4th century BC. AR Hemiobol (8mm, 0.34g). Head of horned lion (?) left / Incuse square divided into eight sections each containing pellet. VF.
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Uncertain (BC 500) Bull - Obol474 viewsLate 6th century BC. AR Obol (8mm, 0.56g). Head of cow left / Incuse punch with rhombus and central pellet. VF, some encrustation.
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Uncertain (BC 500) Bull - Obol113 views6th century BC. AR Obol (7mm, 0.61g). Animal’s head (boar?) left / Diamond with central pellet within square incuse punch. VF, find patina. Possibly unpublished. Alighieri Coll.

Perhaps a transitional type falling between Troxell 5 and 6.
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Uncertain (BC 500) Bull 1 - Diobol610 viewsafter 500 BC. AR Diobol? (1.49g). Head of bull left / Incuse punch with crossing lines. VF. 1 comments
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Uncertain (BC 500) Bull 1 - Tetrobol136 viewsUncertain Lykian Dynast, ca 500-470/60 BC. AR Tetrobol (12mm, 2.61g). Bull’s head left / Incuse square with pellets and interesecting lines. VF, deposits, slightly porous. Ex Astarte 11 (12/2002), lot 441.
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Uncertain (BC 500) Hemidrachm11 viewsca 5th century BC. AR Hemidrachm? (1.93g, 12mm). Lion advancing right / Incuse square with textured cross-hatching. aVF. Very rare.
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Uncertain (BC 500) Hemiobol119 viewsca 5th century BC. AR Hemiobol (8mm, 0.56g). Ketos left / Incuse square with irregular lines. VF, toned, faint porosity, obverse slighty off center. Extremely rare.
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Uncertain (BC 500) Hemiobol116 viewsAsia Minor, uncertain mint, ca 500 BC. AR Hemiobol (0.33g). Sheep’s head left / Irregular incuse punch. Very rare. Of superb style and perfectly struck on a large flan, old cabinet tone and good extremely fine. Ex Hauck & Aufhäuser 14 (1998), 72.
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Uncertain (BC 500) Obol157 views5th century BC. AR Obol(?) (0.88g, 8mm). Forepart of panther or lioness advancing left / Incuse square. VF, toned.
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Uncertain (BC 500) Trihemiobol?63 viewsca 5th century BC. AR Diobol (1.37g, 10mm). Lion seated right, head facing / Rough incuse punch. gVF. Very rare.
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Uncertain (BC 500) Triobol122 viewsca 5th century BC. AR Hemidrachm / Triobol (?) (10mm, 2.32g). Forepart of horse right / Irregular quadripartite incuse. VF, granular surfaces.

This curious pale silver issue is struck on the thick, globular flan often associated with late figural electrum. The attribution is uncertain; Schönert-Geiss has published similar specimens as tetrobols of the earliest issues at Maroneia, while find spots seem to indicate an origin in Asia Minor.
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Uncertain (BC 500) Triobol103 viewsca 5th century BC. AR Hemidrachm / Triobol (?) (10mm, 2.16g). Forepart of horse left / Irregular quadripartite incuse. Near VF, granular surfaces.

This curious pale silver issue is struck on the thick, globular flan often associated with late figural electrum. The attribution is uncertain; Schönert-Geiss has published similar specimens as tetrobols of the earliest issues at Maroneia, while find spots seem to indicate an origin in Asia Minor.
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Uncertain (BC 500-450) Hemiobol89 viewsca 500-450 BC. AR Hemiobol (8mm, 0.39g). Four-rayed star (or perhaps a bird’s claw?) / Incuse punch. Unpublished in the standard references. VF, lightly toned, granular surfaces.
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Uncertain (BC 500-450) Hemiobol71 viewsca 5th century BC. AR Hemiobol (7mm, 0.42g). Bull standing left, head right / Quadripartite incuse square. gF. Very rare, apparently unpublished.
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Uncertain (BC 500-450) Hemiobol 83 viewsca 6th century BC. AR Hemiobol (7mm, 0.31g). Head of roaring lion right / Bearded male head left, wearing petasos?; all within incuse square. aVF. Extremely rare, apparently unpublished.
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Uncertain (BC 510) Drachm1486 viewsca 510 BC. AR Drachm (3.95g). Head of Gorgon facing / Incuse square divided into four compartments, three containing a pellet and one a crescent. Extremely rare. Nicely toned. Very fine.
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Uncertain (BC 520-480) Hemiobol112 views6th century BC. AR Hemiobol (0.3g, 3mm). Head of bull right / Incuse punch. EF.
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Uncertain (BC 530-480) Trihemiobol904 viewsca 530-500 BC. AR Trihemiobol (1.18g). Tunny fish right / Irregular incuse. Ex Rosen Coll.1 comments
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Uncertain (BC 550-450) EL 1/24 Stater159 views6th-5th century BC. EL 1/24 Stater (0.60g, 7mm). Head of lion left / Quadripartite incuse square. VF. Extremely rare. Apparently unpublished.
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Uncertain (BC 550-520) 1/6187 viewsca 550-520 BC. AR Sixth Stater (9mm, 1.51g). Head of griffin right / Quadripartite incuse square. VF, toned. Lee Coll.
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Uncertain (BC 550-520) 1/6352 viewsca 550-520 BC. AR Sixth Stater (9mm, 1.53g). Stylized head of griffin right / Quadripartite incuse square. VF, toned. Lee Coll.
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Uncertain (BC 550-520) Hemiobol142 views5th century BC. AR Hemiobol (0.3g, 6mm). Radiate head of lion facing / Incuse punch. EF.
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Uncertain (BC 550-520) Obol564 viewsca 6th century BC. AR Obol (7mm, 0.71g). Grain ear? / Quadripartite incuse. VF. Very rare and unpublished in the standard works.
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Uncertain (BC 550-520) Obol135 viewsca 5th century BC. AR Obol (7mm, 0.62g). Stylized facing lion’s head wearing four-spiked crown / Incuse square punch with intersecting lines and pellet. VF, toned. Koppersmith coll.; ex Elsen 109 (6/2011), lot 143.
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Uncertain (BC 550-520) Tetrobol240 viewsca 5th century BC. AR Tetrobol (11mm, 2.86g). Stylized facing lion’s head wearing five-spiked crown / Incuse square punch with intersecting lines and pellet. Good VF, toned. Extremely rare, only the second known tetrobol for the series.
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Uncertain (BC 600-550) EL Hekte1442 viewsca 600-550 BC. EL Hekte (2.73g), probably on the Phokaian weight standard. Scorpion / Irregular incuse square. Apparently unpublished and unknown. Some minor marks, otherwise EF. Ex Gorny & Mosch 190 (10/2010), 245.

This is an extraordinary piece, quite clearly on the Phokaian standard (as is the piece in the Leu sale - there are lighter electrum pieces with scorpions, as Weidauer 170, but they seem to be on the Milesian standard). The possibility that this piece may have been produced in Thrace or Macedon, given the well known bee that is found on uncertain silver coins from that area (CNG Auction 88, 75) is not unlikely, especially given the rather rough incuse square. There is also a very similar scorpion on some slightly later silver coins that are now also attributed to northern Greece since some have been found there (as SNG Copenhagen 377 and SNG con Aulock 6664 - both published as being from Asia Minor).
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