Asia Minor Coins - Photo Gallery

Ancient Greek and Roman coins from Asia Minor


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Tenedos (BC 188-70) Drachm1110 viewsafter 189 BC. AR Drachm (3.83g). Janiform male and female heads / Double-axe, TΕΝΕΔΙΩΝ above; monogram and grapes to left, tripod to right; all within laurel wreath. Toned, good VF, minor porosity. Very rare variety, only one specimen cited by De Callatay with this monogram-symbol combination.
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Tenedos (BC 188-70) Drachm581 views2nd-1st century BC. AR Drachm (4.00g). Janiform male and female heads / Double-axe, TΕΝΕΔΙΩΝ above; monogram and grapes to left, Nike to right; all within laurel wreath. EF. Rare.
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Tenedos (BC 188-70) Drachm445 viewsafter 189 BC. AR Drachm (3.88g). Janiform male and female heads / Double-axe, TΕΝΕΔΙΩΝ above; monogram and grapes to left, Nike to right; all within laurel wreath. aEF. Rare.
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Tenedos (BC 188-70) Drachm144 viewsca 160-70 BC. AR Drachm (3.73g, 19mm). Janiform male and female heads / TENEΔΙΩΝ, labrys; monogram and grape bunch to left, tripod to right; all within wreath. gVF. Very rare.
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Tenedos (BC 188-70) Tetradrachm969 viewsafter 189 BC. AR Tetradrachm (30mm, 16.22g, 11h). Janiform male and female heads, the male laureate and facing left, the female diademed and facing right / Double-axe; ΤΕΝΕΔΙΩΝ above, monogram and grape bunch to left, two pilei of the Dioskouroi to right; all within laurel wreath. Good VF, darkly toned.
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Tenedos (BC 188-70) Tetradrachm741 viewsafter 189 BC. AR Tetradrachm (16.62g). Janiform male and female heads, the male laureate and facing left, the female diademed and facing right / Double-axe; ΤΕΝΕΔΙΩΝ above, monogram and grape bunch to left, two pilei of the Dioskouroi to right; all within laurel wreath. Good VF. Very rare.
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Tenedos (BC 188-70) Tetradrachm810 views180-80 BC. AR Tetradrachm (14.67g). Janiform male and female heads, the male laureate and facing left, the female diademed and facing right / Double-axe; ΤΕΝΕΔΙΩΝ above, monogram and grape bunch to left, figure with cornucopiae to right; all within laurel wreath. aEF, minor bruises, attractively toned.
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Tenedos (BC 188-70) Tetradrachm571 viewsca 100-80 BC. AR Tetradrachm (16.39g). Janiform head of bearded male (Zeus?) and female wearing stephanos (Hera?) / Double headed axe, TENEΔIΩN above, bunch of grapes and monogram to lower left, statue of Athena Promachos to lower right; all in laurel wreath. Rare. Pleasing medium gray cabinet toning. About Extremely Fine. Stack Coll.; ex Hess-Divo 307 (6/2007), lot 1210.
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Tenedos (BC 188-70) Tetradrachm608 viewsca 80-70 BC. AR Tetradrachm (16.76g, 1h). Janiform head composed of laureate and bearded head of Zeus to left and diademed head of Hera to right / Double axe, TENEΔIΩN above, monogram and bunch of grapes to left, open hand to right; all within laurel wreath. Rare. Nicely toned. Nearly extremely fine. Ex Bement Coll., Naville VII (6/1924), 1408 (provenance given in Bement catalogue, Hirsch XXXIII, 823, is incorrect = de Callataÿ 14). According to de Callataÿ, only 119 tetradrachms and drachms of Tenedos are known.
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Tenedos (BC 188-70) Tetradrachm589 viewsafter 189 BC. AR Tetradrachm (16.76g). Janiform male and female heads, the male laureate and facing left, the female diademed and facing right / ΤΕΝΕΔΙΩΝ, double axe; cornucopiae to left, grape bunch to right; all within laurel wreath. Nice VF, well centered. Apparently an unrecorded variety with grape bunch to the right and cornucopiae symbol.
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Tenedos (BC 188-70) Tetradrachm436 viewsafter 189 BC. AR Tetradrachm (30mm, 14.97g). Janiform male and female heads, the male laureate and facing left, the female diademed and facing right / Double axe; monogram and grape cluster left, Eros right; all within laurel wreath. VF, porous, rough surfaces.
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Tenedos (BC 400) AE 10374 viewsLate 5th-early 4th century BC. AE10 (0.60g, 11h). Bust of Artemis right, wearing stephanos / Labrys; T-E above, two stars below. VF, green patina. Alighieri Coll.
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Tenedos (BC 400) AE 8507 viewsafter 400 BC. AE8 (0.45g). Head of Artemis right, wearing stephane / TE, double-axe, uncertain symbol above. VF. Very rare. Joy coll.; ex Lindgren coll.
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Tenedos (BC 400) AE 9455 viewsafter 400 BC. AE9 (0.74g). Head of Artemis right, wearing stephane / TE, double-axe, star and grape bunch in fields. VF. Very rare. Joy coll.
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Tenedos (BC 400) Obol572 viewsca 400 BC. AR Obol (0.53g). Janiform head, female on left, male on right (Zeus and Hera?) / Double-axe, T-E, within incuse square. Toned, good VF. Rare.
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Tenedos (BC 450-387) Didrachm873 viewsca 450-387 BC. AR Didrachm (6.23g). Janiform female and male heads (Hera and Zeus?) / ΤΕΝ-ΕΔ-Ι-ΟΝ, double-axe (pelekys); grapes to left, cicada to right. EF, well centered on a nice flan. Unique and unpublished, and unrecorded denomination.
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Tenedos (BC 450-387) Drachm822 viewsca 450-387 BC. AR Drachm (3.40g). Janiform female and male heads (Hera and Zeus?) / ΤΕΝ-ΕΔ-Ι-ΟΝ, double-axe; grapes to left, cicada to right. Toned, good VF, light surface crystallization. Ex Thomas B. Lesure Collection.
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Tenedos (BC 450-387) Drachm531 viewsca 450-387 BC. AR Drachm (3.49g). Janiform female and male heads, the male laureate and facing right, the female diademed and facing left / ΤΕ-ΝΕ/ΔΙ-ΩΝ around double-axe; grape bunches to left and right; within shallow incuse. VF.
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Tenedos (BC 450-387) Drachm553 viewsca 450-387 BC. AR Drachm (3.51g). Janiform female and male heads, the male laureate and facing right, the female diademed and facing left / ΤΕ-ΝΕ/ΔΙ-ΩΝ around double-axe; grape bunch to left, tripod to right; within deep incuse square. Toned, gVF. Ex GM 42 (1988), lot 295.
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Tenedos (BC 450-387) Drachm451 viewsca 450-387 BC. AR Drachm (15mm, 3.70g). Janiform female and male heads (Hera and Zeus?) / ΤΕΝΕ-Δ-Ι-Ω-Ν, double-axe; grapes to left and right below. VF, darkly toned, minor porosity.
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Tenedos (BC 450-387) Drachm507 viewsca 450-387 BC. AR Drachm (3.57g, 12h). Janiform head of a diademed female and laureate male / ΤΕΝΕ-ΔΙ-ΩΝ, labrys; grape bunch and lyre in fields; all within incuse square. VF, toned. Ex Peus 380 (11/2004), lot 486.
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Tenedos (BC 450-387) Obol503 viewsca 450-387 BC. AR Obol (0.56g). Janiform head, female on left, male on right (Hera and Zeus) / Double-axe, T-E over crossing line; within incuse square. VF, typical porosity. Rare.
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Tenedos (BC 450-387) Obol374 viewsca 450-387 BC. AR Obol (8mm, 0.55g, 12h). Janiform female and male heads / T-E, double axe; all within shallow incuse square. VF, toned.
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Tenedos (BC 450-387) Obol360 viewsca 450-387 BC. AR Obol (0.58g). Janiform head, female on left, male on right (Hera and Zeus) / Double-axe, T-E, within incuse square. Good VF. Rare. Ex Auk. Aufhäuser 8 (München, 1991), 118.
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Tenedos (BC 480-450) Obol426 viewsca 480-450 BC. AR Obol (0.47g). Janiform head, female on left, male on right (Hera and Zeus) / Double-axe, T-E, within incuse. Dark patina, gVF. Rare.
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Tenedos (BC 480-450) Obol436 viewsca 480-450 BC. AR Obol (0.58g). Janiform head, female on left, male on right (Hera and Zeus) / Double-axe, T-E, within incuse. Toned, EF. Rare.
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Tenedos (BC 480-450) Obol482 viewsca 550-470 BC. AR Obol (8mm, 0.64g, 3h). Janiform head, female on left, male on right / Labrys (double-axe) within incuse square. VF, porous.
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Tenedos (BC 490-480) Didrachm1934 viewsca 490-480 BC. Didrachm (8.94g, 9h). Janiform head: bearded male face to left and female face to right, both have archaic, almond-shaped facing eyes and wear a stephane, and share a disc earring with a rosette pattern and a double-curved pendant; necklace of pearls on neck / TENE (retrograde), helmeted and bearded male head left, wearing pearl necklace; all within incuse square. Extremely rare. Lightly toned and of superb late Archaic-early Classical style; a magnificent coin of great beauty. Slightly porous surfaces, nearly EF.

The early coinage of Tenedos is quite complex, and seems to begin in the last quarter of 6th century BC with didrachms that bear a male/female janiform head and a double axe on the reverse. This early coinage seems to have been replaced by a much rarer second coinage, of which the present piece is the finest known. The axe was replaced by the helmeted head of a warrior (assuming the heads on the obverse are divinities, this could be Tenes). The great similarity to issues of Lampsakos probably convinced the Tenedos authorities to return to their earlier double axe reverse type. The dating of this coin is based on similarity in style to late archaic issues of Athens (Starr Group I).
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Tenedos (BC 500-470) Obol505 viewsca 500 BC. AR Obol (0.78g). Janiform head, female on left, bearded male on right / Double-axe within dotted border inside square incuse. VF. Very rare.
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Tenedos (BC 525-470) Didrachm565 viewsca 525-470 BC. AR Didrachm (7.79g). Janiform head, male on left, female on right (Zeus and Hera) / Double axe, T-E/N-E, within dotted incuse square. Near VF, porous surfaces, some smoothing on the reverse. Very rare.
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Tenedos (BC 525-470) Didrachm308 viewsEarly-mid 5th century BC. AR Didrachm (18mm, 7.62g, 11h). Janiform head of a male, left, and female, right / Labrys in dotted square border within incuse square. VF, toned, typical areas of weak strike, some porosity. Very rare. Ex Cahn Coll.; Auctiones 8 (6/1978), lot 236.

This coin is from the earliest issue of coinage at Tenedos. Although some place this issue in the late 6th century, there are no coins of this type in any hoard recorded before the mid-5th century. In fact, only two 5th century hoards record coins of Tenedos: Troas, 1969 (IGCH 1188), deposited ca 450 BC, and Massyaf, 1961 (IGCH 1483 = CH 8, 587 = CH 9, 362), deposited ca 425-420 BC. The former contained two coins of Tenedos, but further information was not recorded. The second hoard contained a single didrachm, which was from the same issue as the present coin (cf. C.M. Kraay & P.R.S. Moorey, “Two fifth century hoards from the Near East,” RN 1968, pl. XXVI, 57). That coin exhibits little wear, supporting a likely date of issue in the early to mid 5th century BC.
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Tenedos (BC 525-470) Didrachm174 viewsEarly-mid 5th century BC. AR Didrachm (19mm, 7.30g, 11h). Janiform head of a male, left, and female, right / Labrys; kantharos to lower right; all in linear square border within incuse square. VF, toned, typical areas of weak strike, porous, light marks under tone on obverse. Very rare. Ex Cahn Coll.
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Tenedos (BC 525-470) Hemidrachm1218 viewsca 525-470 BC. AR Hemidrachm (1.81g). Archaic janiform head, male on left, female on right (Zeus and Hera?) / Double-axe within dotted incuse square. VF, porous surfaces.
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Tenedos (BC 525-470) Hemidrachm433 viewsca 525-470 BC. AR Hemidrachm (1.89g). Janiform head, male on left, female on right (Zeus and Hera) / Double axe, ΤΕ-ΝΕ/ΔΙ-ΟΝ (retrograde); within dotted incuse square. Good VF, lightly porous surfaces.
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Tenedos (BC 525-470) Hemidrachm414 viewsca 525-470 BC. AR Hemidrachm (1.92g). Janiform head, male on left, female on right (Zeus and Hera) / Double axe within linear incuse square. VF, porous surfaces.
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Tenedos (BC 525-470) Hemidrachm611 viewsca 525-470 BC. AR Hemidrachm (2.01g, 3h). Archaic janiform head, female on left, male on right (Hera and Zeus?) / Labrys within incuse square. VF, irregular flan.
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Tenedos (BC 525-470) Hemidrachm787 viewsca 525-470 BC. AR Hemidrachm (13mm, 1.78g). Archaic janiform head, male on left, female on right (Zeus and Hera?), with necklace / TE NE NION (sic), double axe within dotted incuse square. Good VF, obverse with horn silver, typical light porosity, unusually well struck.

The obverse is in very fine archaic style, while the reverse is badly blundered, with the mis-spelled ethnic inverted in relation to the type. A curious combination of dies, obviously produced by two workmen of vastly different skills.
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Tenedos (BC 525-470) Obol1012 views6th century BC. AR Obol (0.67g, 8h). Janiform head, female on left, bearded male on right / Double-axe within square incuse. Dark patina, aEF. Very rare.
   
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