Asia Minor Coins - Photo Gallery

Ancient Greek and Roman coins from Asia Minor


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Ionia Uncertain (BC 600-550) Geometric - EL 1/34810 viewsca 600-550 BC. EL 1/3 Stater - Trite (12mm, 4.66g). Geometric type. Geometric design consisting of an in-folded square bisected by crossing lines / Incuse punch with "fishbone" pattern of lines and dots. Good VF.
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Phokaia (BC 600-522) B02 - EL 1/6 Stater4082 viewsca 625-550 BC. EL Hekte (2.60g). Head of seal left; small seal to right / Quadripartite incuse square. Near EF. Rare.
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Phokaia (BC 477-388) B- - EL 1/6 Stater2362 viewsca 478-387 BC. EL Hekte (2.50g), struck ca 410 BC. Head of bearded Persian satrap (Pharnabazos) left, wearing a Persian tiara bound with an elaborate diadem; behind, seal swimming downwards / Quadripartite incuse square. Unique and apparently unpublished. aEF.

This coin bears what is surely a portrait of the famous Persian satrap Pharnabazos, who was active in Hellespont during the last years of the 5th century. He based himself in the city of Daskyleion, which had been a possession of his family since the 470s. His family was related to the Achaemenid royal house. The portrait is surely Pharnabazos since it is exactly the same as on named silver staters issued ca 410 probably in Kyzikos but possibly in Ionia (as BMC, Ionia, p. 352, 12, Kraay/Hirmer 618 and SNG von Aulock 1216). It is fascinating that his portrait should appear on a hekte from Phokaia - the fact that it was hitherto unknown implies that it was originally issued in very small numbers, perhaps as a donative of some kind.
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Samos (BC 404-394) Tridrachm2336 viewsca 404 or 394 BC. AR Tridrachm or Double Siglos (11.29g, 12h). The infant Herakles, nude but for a baldric over his left shoulder, kneeling to right on ground line, strangling a serpent with each hand, ΣΥΝ / Lion's mask facing, ΣΑ below; all within circular incuse. Extremely rare. Toned EF. From the collections of C. Gillet, 1138, R. Jameson, and the Reverend H.V. Elliott, SWH 2/1908, purchased in Asia Minor 1818-1819.

This rare coin was struck to celebrate an alliance (syn = synmachikon = a coin of allies) between cities in western Asia Minor (Byzantion, Ephesos, Iasos, Knidos, Kyzikos, Lampsakos, Rhodes and Samos), which all used the common type of infant Herakles/snakes on obv with rev bearing normal city badge. It was thought that this alliance came about in 394 after the defeat of the Spartan fleet, but Karweise, Lysander as Herakliskos Drakonopnigon ('Herakles the snake-strangler'), NC 1980, has made a good case for it having taken place 10 years earlier, when the cities threw off Athenian domination with the help of the Spartan Lysander. In many ways this seems a better choice, but hoard evidence is inconclusive.
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Phokaia (BC 387-326) B86 - EL 1/6 Stater2300 viewsca 380-360 BC. EL 1/6 Stater - Hekte (2.54g). Bearded head facing left, wearing Persian headdress; behind, seal swimming / Four-part incuse square. Of exceptional quality and struck in high relief. Choice EF.

Bodenstedt interpreted the head as a portrait of the Persian satrap Tissaphernes. While Tissaphernes was a bad candidate - he was executed in 395 BC (while the coin was issued some decades later) - it is not yet clear whether the head is meant to be a portrait altogether. J.H. Kroll called the 'satrapal portraits' "generic rather than individualized representations" (The Emergence of Ruler Portrait, in: Schultz/von den Hoff (eds), Early Hellenistic Portraiture (Cambridge 2007), p. 114), and C. Harrison has convincingly shown that many of the so-called 'satrapal portraits' are meant to represent the heroized Persians who raised Darius I to the Persian throne (Numismatic Problems in the Achaemenid West, in: Gorman/Robinson (eds), Oikistes. Studies Offered in Honor of A.J. Graham (Leiden 2002), pp. 301-319). Harrison's theory does not apply in this case, since the head gear does not have that famous knot at the forehead. So it may well be that one of the satraps of the 370s and 360s is intended, perhaps Autophradates, then satrap of Lydia and the fiercest opponent of the satrap of Paphlagonia Datames during the satraps' revolt 368-358 BC.
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Ephesos (BC 625-600) EL 1/3 Stater2220 viewsPhanes, ca 620-600 BC. EL Trite - 1/3 Stater (4.67g). ΦΑΝΕΟΣ (retrograde), spotted stag grazing right / Two square incuse punch marks, each textured with pattern of short raised lines. Nearly complete legend. Nose of stag off flan, otherwise good very fine.
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Phokaia (BC 625-575) EL Stater2167 viewsca 625-575 BC. EL Stater (16.35g). Seal swimming left, octopus clamped in its mouth, three square objects around / Two rough incuse squares set side-by-side, one smaller than the other. Apparently unpublished and unique, but Near VF.

This coin, one of six known staters of Phokaia, represents a new variety of type, in addition to a seal and two griffin head types recorded by Bodenstedt. It is certainly the most playful, with its depiction of a seal munching on a hapless cephalopod.
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Ephesos (BC 625-600) EL 1/96 Stater1995 viewsPhanes, ca 625-600 BC. EL 1/96 Stater (0.14g). Head of stag right / Incuse square punch with raised lines within. VF. Extremely rare, the second recorded.
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Priene (BC 90-50) AE 161967 viewsca 90-50 BC. AE16 (3.74g). Laureate head of Poseidon right, trident behind / ΠPIHN(EΩN), owl standing on olive-branch, facing. Rare.
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Ephesos (AD 0-100) AE 181917 views1st cent AD. AE18 - Tesserae (3.48g). Stag kneeling left, head reverted / Bee. Near VF, dark brown patina with some orangish earthen encrustation.
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Ionian League (AD 139-144) AE 42 - Antoninus Pius1869 viewsAntoninus Pius, 139-144 AD. Medallion AE42 (44.79g). ΑΥ ΚΑΙ ΤΙ ΑΙ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟΣ ΑΝΤΩΝΕΙΝΟΣ ΕΥ, bust of laureate Antoninus left, wearing paludamentum / ΚΟΙΝΟΝ (ΓΙ ΠΟΛΕΩΝ) ΠΡΟ(ΝΟ Μ) ΚΛ ΦΡΟΝΤΩΝΟΣ ΑΣΙΑΡΧΟΥ ΚΑΙ ΑΡΧΙΕ(ΡΕΟΣ) ΓΙ ΠΟΛΕΩΝ, Demeter standing in biga drawn by winged snakes right, holding torch in each hand; biga on wave-shaped lines; M. Kl. Fronton, asiarch and archiereus of the Koinon of Ionia.
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Phokaia (BC 521-478) B23 - EL 1/6 Stater1790 viewsca 520-500 BC. EL 1/6 Stater - Hekte (2.55g). Female head facing left, wearing diadem, earring and necklace with lion-head pendant; behind, seal swimming downwards / Four-part incuse square. Utterly magnificent archaic female head. An exceptional work of Greek archaic art. Mint State.
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Magnesia (BC 465-459) Trihemiobol - Themistokles1783 viewsThemistokles (died 459 BC), Satrap of Magnesia, ca 465-460 BC. AR Trihemiobol (1.08g). Bearded head of Themistokles right, wearing diadem / ΘΕ monogram in dotted square, within incuse square. EF. Arguably, one of the first representations of an actual person on a coin.
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Ephesos (BC 625-600) EL Stater1759 viewsPhanes, ca 620-600 BC. EL Stater (14.10g). ΦANOΣ EMI ΣEIMA (retrograde), spotted stag grazing right / three square incuse punch marks, each textured with pattern of short raised lines. Extremely rare. EF. Ex Rosen coll., New York.
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Ionia Uncertain (BC 650-600) Figural - EL Stater1744 viewsca 650-600 BC. EL Stater (14.22g). Milesian standard. Figural type. Sphinx seated left on ground line; cross with terminal pellets to left / Irregular incuse. Unpublished. Good VF. Unique. This previously unknown type almost certainly has an Ionian origin, but the specific mint remains unknown. The sphinx appears as a civic emblem on archaic coins of both Chios and Samothrace, but Samothrace did not issue electrum, and the electrum staters of Chios, although struck on the same weight standard as the present coin, are of a distinctly different style (cf. Baldwin, Chios, pl. I, 1-12). The cross with terminal pellets -- perhaps a solar symbol is exceptional by its appearance here as a subsidiary symbol. Such subsidiary symbols are rare on early electrum (but cf. Triton VIII, lots 399-405, for the use of a pentagram or a triad of pellets as symbols on the early electrum of Ephesos). The cross with terminal pellets does appear on other uncertain early electrum (cf. Traite I 7, pl. I, 6) and is employed regularly as a reverse type on the electrum of Miletos (with a central pellet in addition to the terminal pellets; cf. SNG Kayhan 440-449).
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Smyrna (AD 79-91) AE 21 - Julia Titi1721 viewsJulia Titi, daughter of Titus, Augusta. ca 79-91 AD. AE21 (4.55g). L. Mestrius Florus, proconsul. Struck 88/89 AD. Draped bust right / ΕΠΙ ΦΛΩΡΟY ΑΝ-OY ZΜYPΝΑΙΩΝ, Cybele seated left. Very fine.
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Chios (BC 133-84) Drachm1704 viewsca 2nd-1st century BC. AR Drachm (3.73g). Derkylos, magistrate. Sphinx seated left; grapes before / Amphora, ΧΙΟΣ and cornucopiae to left, ΔΕΡΚΥΛΟΣ to right. Toned VF. Schonwalter Coll.; Ex M&M List 205 (11/1960), lot 348.
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Phokaia (BC 625-575) B12 - EL 1/6 Stater1702 viewsca 625-622 BC. EL Hekte (2.55g). Head of griffin left, seal behind / Quadripartite incuse square. EF. Rare.
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Phokaia (BC 477-388) B40 - EL 1/6 Stater1697 viewsca 480-450 BC. EL 1/6 Stater - Hekte (2.56g). Forepart of cock facing left; in upper right field, seal swimming left / Incuse square with rough surface. Truly exceptional image. EF.
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Kolophon (BC 525-500) Hemiobol1693 viewsca late 6th cent BC. AR Persic Hemiobol (0.38g). Archaic head of Apollo left / Mill-sail incuse punch. Toned, good VF, light porosity. Fine archaic style.
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Ephesos (BC 625-600) EL 1/6 Stater1645 viewsPhanes, ca 620-600 BC. EL Hekte - 1/6 Stater (2.33g). Forepart of stag kneeling right, head reverted
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Ionia Uncertain (BC 650-600) EL Stater1630 viewsca 650-600 BC. EL Stater (17.60g). Samian-Euboeic standard. Blank / Circular incuse with geometric whirl pattern. EF. Unpublished.

This piece is distinctive for its elaborate circular shape of its punch without any "obverse" type. At this point in the early development of coinage, it appears that no convention had yet been established that one side or the other was to bear the primary design.
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Ionian League (AD 139-144) AE 41 - Antoninus Pius1612 viewsLeague of Thirteen Cities. Antoninus Pius, 138-161 AD. AE41 - Medallion (52.38g, 12h). Marcus Claudius Fronto, asiarch and high priest of the Thirteen Cities. AV KAI TI AI AΔPIANOC ANTΩNЄINOC ЄV, laureate and draped bust left / KOINON IΓ ΠOΛЄΩN [ΠPO M KΛ ΦPONTΩN] ACIAPX KAI APX IΓ ΠOΛЄΩN, the Abduction of Persphone: Hades, with billowing chlamys, in quadriga driven right by Eros above, holding scepter in left hand and carrying away Persephone; fallen flower basket below horses. VF, red and dark grayish-green patina, edge crack, minor roughness. Extremely rare.
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Smyrna (BC 42) AE 21 - C. Cassius Longinus1575 viewsC. Cassius Longinus, 42 BC. AR Denarius (3.82g). Military mint, probably at Smyrna. Lentulus Spinther, propraetor. Veiled and draped bust of Libertas right / Ewer and lituus. Toned VF.
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Ephesos (BC 625-600) EL 1/6 Stater1539 viewsPhanes, ca 600 BC. EL Hekte - 1/6 Stater (2.34g). Forepart of stag right, head reverted / Square incuse with irregular edges. EF.
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Phokaia (BC 625-575) B12 - EL 1/24 Stater1517 viewsca 625/20-520. EL 1/24 Stater (0.63g). Head of griffin with open jaws left; behind, seal swimming upwards / Rough incuse square. EF.
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Ionia Uncertain (BC 550-500) Bull - EL 1/6 Stater1497 viewsca 500 BC. EL Hekte (2.34g), Milesian standard. Head of bull right / Incuse punch. aEF. Very rare. Samos and Klazomenai have been suggested as possible mints.
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Teos (BC 375) Drachm1492 viewsca 375 BC. AR Drachm (3.56g). Griffin seated right, left paw raised / Granulated incuse square with broad bands dividing it into 4 sections; ΤΗΙΩΝ on 1 band, ΑΓΝΩΝ (magistrate) on other. Attractively toned EF, choice flan. Rare. Ex Jameson Coll., 1518.
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Miletos (BC 600-550) EL Stater1426 viewsBefore 575 BC. EL Stater (13.86g). Lion reclining left, head reverted, within rectangular frame divided into smaller rectangular compartments / Central oblong punch containing a running fox and three pellets; flanked by square punches containing stellate pattern and stag's head left. Good VF, sharply struck on a broad flan.
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Erythrai (BC 550-500) EL Hemistater1418 viewsLate 6th to mid-5th cent BC. EL Hemistater (7.00g). Milesian standard. Floral device consisting of three flowers separated by three buds, on high relief circular boss / Incuse square with irregular surfaces. EF. Very rare. Ex Garrett Collection, Part II (Numismatic Fine Arts/Bank Leu, 10/1984), lot 263; Erythrai-Çesme hoard of 1923 (IGCH 1184).
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Ionia Uncertain (BC 650-600) EL 1/24 - Plated 1417 viewsca 650-600 BC. EL Plated 1/24 Stater (0.46g). Blank / Square incuse punch. Rare with almost complete plating. Good very fine, small cracks in plating exposing base metal.
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Ephesos (BC 88-86) AV Stater1417 viewsca 88-86 BC. AV Stater (8.45g, 12h). Bust of Artemis right, wearing stephane; bow and quiver over shoulder / ΕΦΕ-ΣΙΩ[Ν], cult statue of Artemis Ephesia facing; bee in field to left. VF. Very rare. Ex Leu 22 (1979), 132; Numismatic Fine Arts 2 (1976), 209 and Kastner 4 (1973), 110.

Since 133 BC, Ephesos belonged to the Roman province of Asia and suffered from the shameless exploitation of the Roman tax collector. In 88 BC, the city revolted and went over to Mithridates VI of Pontos, who, in the so-called Asiatic Vespers, massacred thousands of Roman citizens. To pay his mercenaries, Mithradates struck large quantities of gold staters of traditional Ephesian types, but few specimens exist today.
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Magnesia (BC 465-459) Trihemiobol - Themistokles1394 viewsThemistokles, Satrap of Magnesia, ca 465-459 BC. AR Trihemiobol (1.15g). Bearded head of Themistokles right, wearing tightly fitting cap ornamented with four leaves above edge and spiral toward back; Θ-Ε flanking / ΘΕ monogram in dotted square, within incuse square. Some light encrustation on reverse, EF.
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Samos (BC 600-570) EL Stater1392 viewsca 600-570 BC. EL Stater (17.22g). Uncertain design against a background of heavy filling ornament / Two parallel oblong incuse punches with irregular markings. VF. Ex Leu 77 (5/2000), lot 310.

The types of the early electrum of Samos are varied. The Samians had a unique style of coinage, with the central type placed against an amorphic patterned background. Various decriptions have been offered for the types-eagles, flowers, panthers, thunderbolts, etc. This cataloguer sees a flowering plant with two leaves, and a panther facing left below. The use of background ornament somewhat resembles the geometric patterns used as filling ornament on Corinthian pottery.
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Miletos (BC 600-550) EL Stater1387 viewsbefore 575 BC. EL Stater (14.05g, 3h). Lion reclining left, head reverted, within rectangular frame divided into smaller rectangular compartments / Central oblong punch containing a fox standing left and three pellets, flanked by two square punches containing, respectively, a stag's head left and stellate pattern. Good VF, exceptional for this issue. Fielder Coll.
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Phokaia (BC 525) EL 1/6 Stater1368 viewsca 525 BC. EL Hekte (2.57g). Head of eagle to left with frontal eye and hooked beak; dotted neck truncation; below, seal swimming to left / Irregular incuse square. Unpublished. Of great rarity, the finest of the 3 examples known. Good EF.

This exceptional piece, which was unknown to Bodenstedt, should date to the late 6th century (Bodenstedt’s dates are generally thought to be somewhat high). For a similar but slightly later eagle head, see the later issues of Cypriot Paphos (as ACGC 1088 and Traité II, 1278 ff.) but these are somewhat more fussily done and lack the piercing look of this eagle. The only eagle heads that can compare with this one in power were those engraved over a century later by the artist Da... and his followers at Olympia.
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Phokaia (BC 477-388) B55 - EL 1/6 Stater 1365 viewsca 477-388 BC. EL Hekte (2.55g, 10mm). Cicada, seal above / Quatripartite incuse square. EF.
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Phokaia (BC 387-326) B100 - EL 1/6 Stater1362 viewsca 387-326 BC. EL Hekte (2.54g). Head of female left, wearing sphendone; [small seal below] / Quadripartite incuse square. Good VF, patchy toning.
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Phokaia (BC 387-326) B102 - EL 1/6 Stater1359 viewsca 387-326 BC. EL Hekte (2.54g). Laureate head of female left, hair in sakkos; seal below / Quadripartite incuse square. Good VF, fine style and well centered.
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Ephesos (BC 258-202) Didrachm1319 viewsca 258-202 BC. AR Didrachm (6.52g). Zoes, magistrate. Head of Artemis right; bow and quiver behind / Forepart of kneeling stag right, head turned back; Ε - Φ, ZΩΗΣ (magistrate) to left, bee in field to right. VF.
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Phokaia (BC 521-478) 1/12 Stater1313 viewsca late 6th cent BC. AR Trihemiobol (1.33g). Female head left, wearing helmet or close fitting cap / Quadripartite incuse square. Toned EF, slightly grainy surfaces. Very nice for this issue.
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Magnesia (BC 350-190) AE 111268 viewsca 350-190 BC. AE11 (1.38g). Laureate head of Apollo left / Forepart of bull right. EF, attractive dark green patina.
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Smyrna (AD 37-41) AE 21 - Caligula1235 viewsGaius (Caligula), with Agrippina Sr. and Germanicus, 37-41 AD. AE21 (6.35g), struck 37-38 AD. C. Calpurnius Aviola, proconsul, and Menophanes, civic magistrate. Laureate head of Caligula right / Draped bust of Agrippina facing bare head of Germanicus. Good VF, brown patina, with exceptional fine style portraits.
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Phokaia (BC 521-478) B31 - EL 1/6 Stater1206 viewsca 521-478 BC. EL Hekte (2.51g, 12h). Female head left, wearing helmet or close fitting cap; seal to right / Quadripartite incuse square. Superb EF. Very rare, only four specimens cited by Bodenstedt.
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Ionia Uncertain (BC 600-550) Lion - EL 1/21200 viewsca 600 BC. EL Hemistater (8.35g). Phokaian standard. Figural type. Head of roaring lion right / Irregular incuse. Good VF. Unique.

While this coin appears to belong to Wiedauer's Series XLIII (lion head), the style of both the lion and the incuse are somewhat different. In particular, the incuses on the Wiedauer coins are shallower and have rough irregular patterns in relief. The incuse on the present coin is much deeper and has a smooth surface that flows to varying depths. Although these differences suggest this coin belongs to another series or issue, it is also possible, because there are no published hemistaters of this type, that this coin represents the norm for this particular denomination.
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Phokaia (BC 477-388) B57 - EL 1/6 Stater1194 viewsca 478-387 BC. EL Hekte (2.53g). Stag crouching left; above, small seal left / Quadripartite incuse square. EF, underlying luster. Extremely rare, only one example listed by Bodenstedt (in Munich).
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Chios (AD 0-100) AE1150 viewsCivic Issue, ca 1st century AD. AE - 3 Assaria (18.40g). Publius Valerius Primus, archon for the second time. Sphinx seated left, paw resting on prow of galley / Wine amphora set within wreath. VF, dark green patina, surfaces smoothed.
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Phokaia (BC 477-388) B51 - EL 1/6 Stater1134 viewsca 480-440 BC. EL 1/6 Stater - Hekte (2.58g). Head of a he-goat facing left, the truncation adorned by a row of dots; beneath, seal swimming left / Four-part incuse square. EF.
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Ionia Uncertain (BC 520-470) Triobol?1131 viewsca 520-470 BC. AR Triobol? (10mm, 2.13g). Forepart of horse right / Quadripartite incuse punch. Fine, porous.
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Klazomenai (BC 386-301) Drachm1128 viewsca 386-301 BC. AR Drachm (4.02g, 6h). Mandronax, magistrate. Head of Apollo facing slightly left, wearing laurel wreath / KL-A, swan standing left, wings spread; ΜΑΝΔΡΩΝΑ[Ξ] to left. Good VF, dark iridescent toning. Exceptional metal for issue. Rare. Herman Coll.
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Samos (BC 600-570) EL Hekte1119 viewsca 600-570 BC. EL Hekte (10mm, 2.87g). Facing head of lion within wreath(?) / Incuse square. EF. Very rare.
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Kolophon (BC 525-500) Tetartemorion1111 viewslate 6th cent BC. AR Persic Tetartemorion (0.19g). Archaic style head of Apollo left / Rough incuse square. Good VF.
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Erythrai (BC 520-480) EL Hekte1111 viewsca 480 BC. EL 1/6 Stater - Hekte (2.56g). Head of Herakles facing left, wearing lion-skin headdress, truncation adorned by a row of dots / Four-part incuse square, one quarter filled. Good VF.1 comments
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Klazomenai (BC 386-301) Drachm1102 viewsca 387-360 BC. AR Drachm (3.97g). Head of Apollo facing slightly left, wearing laurel wreath / Swan standing left, wings spread; ΚΛΑ to left, ΠΥΘΕΟΣ (magistrate) above. EF. Some minor hairlines on obverse.
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Ionia Uncertain (BC 570-540) Scarab - EL 1/24 Stater1087 viewsca 600-550 BC. EL 1/24 Stater (0.63g). Samian-Euboic standard. Figural type. Winged scarab / Rough incuse square punch. Good VF. Extremely rare, one of two known. This type is also known by a unique 1/48 stater (Rosen 353) and a unique 1/96 stater (Rosen Collection [Muenzen und Medaillen 72, 10/1987], lot 127).
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Magnesia (AD 41-54) AE 18 - Claudius1047 viewsClaudius, 41-54 AD. AE18 (4.42g, 12h). Laureate head right / Cult-statue of Artemis Leukophrys. VF, dark-green patina. Ex Villemur Coll.
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Phokaia (BC 521-478) B43 - EL 1/6 Stater1046 viewsca 521-478 BC. EL Hekte (2.51g). Facing head of Satyr, [seal to left] / Quadripartite incuse square. Good VF. Scarce, only 9 specimens cited by Bodenstedt for this type.
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Ionia Uncertain (BC 570-540) Siren - EL 1/121044 viewsca 600-550 BC. EL 1/12 Stater (1.33g). Phokaian standard. Siren standing left, with the body of a bird and human head wearing cap with a long curl / Incuse square with irregular raised projections. EF.
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Phokaia (BC 521-478) B22 - EL 1/6 Stater1041 viewsca 520-480 BC. EL 1/6 Stater - Hekte (2.58g). Griffin head facing left; seal behind / Incuse square with rough surface. EF.
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Samos (BC 600-570) EL Hekte1038 viewsca 600-570 BC. EL Hekte (2.84g). Facing panther's head against a background of heavy filling ornament / Square incuse punch with irregular markings. Good VF.
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Phokaia (BC 521-478) B33 - EL 1/6 Stater1017 viewsca 521-478 BC. EL Hekte (2.52g). Archaic head of Artemis(?) left, wearing stephane and circular earring; small seal behind / Rough quadripartite incuse square. EF, a few scuffs. Ex von Aulock Collection, 7942.
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Erythrai (BC 520-480) EL 1/12 Stater1013 views6th-5th century BC. EL Hemihekte (1.35g). Rosette pattern with central pellet / Swastika-like cross incuse.
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Ionia Uncertain (BC 570-540) Goat - EL 1/61011 viewsca 600-550 BC. EL Hekte (2.75g). Phokaian standard. Ibex squatting left, head turned backwards / Four-part incuse square. Missing in major references; possibly unpublished. Extremely rare. EF.
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Phokaia (BC 600-560) EL 1/6 Stater 1009 viewsca 600-560 BC. EL 1/6 Stater - Hekte (2.60g). Female head facing left, the hair interwoven by a (invisible) taenia, wearing earring; behind, seal swimming downwards / Irregular incuse square. Apparently unpublished. Several contact marks on cheek, otherwise good EF.

This coin surely belongs to the earliest issues of Phokaia. The early stage is proven by both the irregular form of the incuse (without a clear quadripartite structure) and the style of the obverse image. The nearest stylistic parallel might be a stater of Aeginetic weight, once attributed to Knidos (cf. Cahn, Knidos p. 75 pl. 19, 1 with earlier literature).
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Ionia Uncertain (BC 570-540) Scarab - EL 1/12 Stater1008 viewsca 600-550 BC. EL Hemihekte – Twelfth Stater (8mm, 1.32g). Phokaic standard. Figural type. Scarab beetle / Quadripartite incuse square. Good VF. Extremely rare, the third known.
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Ionia Uncertain (BC 600-550) Bull - EL 1/121004 viewsca 600-550 BC. EL Hemihekte - 1/12 Stater (1.14g). Milesian standard. Figural type. Bull’s head right / Incuse square punch. Good VF. Very rare.
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Phokaia (BC 477-388) B62 - EL 1/6 Stater997 viewsca 477-388 BC. EL Hekte (11mm, 2.54g). Head of nymph left, hair in sphendone; seal to right / Quadripartite incuse square. Superb EF. The second known from these dies, and the finest. Ex Tkalec Auc. 2005 (5/2005), lot 79.
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Ephesos (BC 625-600) EL 1/6 Stater994 viewsPhanes, ca 625-600 BC. EL 1/6 Stater - Hekte (2.31g). Forepart of stag right, head reverted / Incuse square punch with raised lines within. Good VF. Extremely rare, one of only eight known hektes of Phanes. This hekte shares its reverse punch with a Phanes stater (Tkalec [2000], lot 114) and two trites (CNG 66, lot 446, and Tkalec [2001], lot 116).
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Ephesos (AD 41-54) Cistophoric Tetradrachm - Claudius992 viewsClaudius, 41-54 AD. AR Cistophoric Tetradrachm (11.30g, 6h), struck ca 41-42 AD. Bare head left / Temple of Diana Ephesia: cult statue of Diana of Ephesus within tetrastyle temple, pediment decorated with figures flanking a central table with disk above, two tables and recumbent figures in angles. Good VF, toned.
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Phokaia (BC 521-478) 1/12 Stater990 viewsca 521-478 BC. AR 1/12 Stater (1.17g). Phokaic standard. Head of nymph left, hair in sakkos, uncertain symbol on cheek / Quadripartite incuse square. EF, attractively toned. Struck in high relief. Unpublished with symbol on cheek.
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Klazomenai (BC 480-400) Drachm989 views5th century BC. AR Drachm (3.56g). Forepart of winged boar flying right, ΚΛΑ above / Head of ram right, in shallow incuse square. Toned, EF.
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Ionia Uncertain (BC 600-550) Geometric - EL 1/6987 viewsca 600-550 BC. EL 1/6 Stater - Hekte (9-10mm, 2.29g). Geometric type. Geometric design consisting of an in-folded square bisected by crossing lines / Incuse punch with "fishbone" pattern of lines and dots. Good VF.
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Magnesia (BC 465-459) Tetartemorion - Themistokles986 viewsThemistokles, ca 465-459 BC. AR Tetartemorion (0.17g, 12h). Owl standing right, head facing / ΘE monogram within dotted square in incuse square. Good VF, attractive dark toning. Rare.
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Phokaia (BC 521-478) B24 - EL 1/6 Stater980 viewsca 625/0­-522 BC. EL Hekte - Sixth Stater (10mm, 2.58g). Head of African left; behind, seal downward / Rough incuse square. EF. Extremely rare, apparently the fourth known; only one example cited by Bodenstedt (in Karlsruhe), and two in CoinArchives.
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Phokaia (BC 521-478) B27 - EL 1/6 Stater979 viewsca 600-522 BC. EL Hekte (2.60g, 10mm). Lion left, seal above / Quadripartite incuse square. EF.
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Ionia Uncertain (BC 550-500) Cock - EL 1/24979 viewsca 560-530 BC. EL 1/24 Stater (0.60g). Milesian standard. Head of cock facing right / Four-part incuse square. Exceptionally beautiful detail. Very rare. Choice EF.
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Phokaia (BC 521-478) 1/24 Stater972 viewsca 500-490 BC. AR 1/24 Stater (0.81g). Female head right, wearing cap / Quadripartite incuse punch. VF, nice Archaic-style head. Unlisted denomination?
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Phokaia (BC 600-522) B20 - EL 1/48 Stater971 viewsca 600-550 BC. EL 1/48 Stater (0.31g, 5mm). Head of ram left, seal below / Quadripartite incuse square. EF. Unpublished?
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Erythrai (BC 520-480) EL Hekte967 viewsLate 6th to mid-5th century BC. EL Hekte (2.58g). Archaic head of Herakles left, wearing lion's skin headdress / Quadripartite incuse square with irregular surfaces. EF. Rare early issue of Erythrai, with plain incuse punch.
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Phokaia (BC 530-500) Diobol955 viewsca 6th century BC. AR Diobol (1.58g). Head of griffin left / Quadripartite incuse square. VF.
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Ionia Uncertain (BC 550-500) Horse - EL 1/12951 viewsca 600-550 BC. EL 1/12 Stater - Hemihekte (8mm, 1.17g). Milesian standard. Figural type. Horse head left / Incuse square punch. VF.
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Phokaia (BC 600-522) B08 - EL 1/24 Stater947 viewsca 600-550 BC. EL 1/24 Stater (0.65g). Head of ram left; seal swimming left below / Incuse square. Exceptionally well-centered for such a small coin. EF.

Strangely enough, the minor fractions of this issue are not recorded by Bodenstedt, including Boston 1897 and SNG von Aulock 1798.
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Ionia Uncertain (BC 650-600) EL 1/2 Stater945 viewsca 650-600 BC. EL Hemistater (7.26g). Milesian standard. Striated type. Flattened striated surface / Two rough incuse punches separated by a cleft. Good VF. Extremely rare, one of five known hemistaters of this type.
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Airai (BC 350-250) AE 14945 viewsca 4th-3rd century BC. AE14 (1.82g). Laureate head of Apollo left / ΑΙΡΑΙΩΝ, owl standing right, head facing.
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Miletos (BC 520-450) 1/12 Stater943 viewsLate 6th-early 5th century BC. AR Obol (9mm, 1.19 g). Forepart of lion right, head left / Stellate pattern in square incuse punch. Good VF.
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Phokaia (BC 521-478) B31 - EL 1/6 Stater941 viewsca 521-478 BC. EL Hekte (2.57g, 12mm). Female head left, wearing helmet or close fitting cap; [seal to right] / Quadripartite incuse square. EF.
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Phokaia (BC 521-478) B30 - EL 1/6 Stater 935 viewsca 521-478 BC. EL Hekte (2.58g, 12h). Crested Corinthian helmet left, ornamented with a floral scroll; seal below / Quadripartite incuse square. Good VF, well centered.
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Ionia Uncertain (BC 550-500) Horse - EL 1/12932 viewsca 550-500 BC. EL 1/12 Stater (1.14g). Milesian standard. Head of bridled horse left / Incuse square. Exceptionally well centered. EF.
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Phokaia (BC 477-388) B67 - EL 1/6 Stater932 viewsca 470-450 BC. EL 1/6 Stater - Hekte (2.52g). Head of Silenos facing, wearing ivy-wreath; at left, seal swimming upwards / Four-part incuse square. EF.
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Chios (BC 412-334) Tetradrachm931 viewsca 375-350 BC. AR Tetradrachm (15.28g, 12h). Hermophantos, magistrate. Sphinx seated left; to left, amphora surmounted by grape-bunch / Quadripartite incuse square, ΕΡΜΟΦΑΝΤΟΣ across horizontal band; horizontal striations within each quarter. Good VF, toned, excellent metal quality. Very rare, only one specimen recorded by Baldwin, and only two in the Pixodarus Hoard. Ex NFA XVI (12/1985), lot 215; Leu 33 (5/1983), lot 386; Pixodarus Hoard (CH 9, 421).
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Leukai (BC 350-300) AE 16928 viewsca 350-300 BC. AE16 (2.65g). Laureate head of Apollo left / Swan standing left, wings open, head right; ΔΙΟΝΥΣΙΟΣ (magistrate) to left, ΛΕΟ to right. Near EF, glossy black patina. Rare.
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Phokaia (BC 387-326) B102 - EL 1/6 Stater928 viewsca 360 BC. EL 1/6 Stater - Hekte (2.53g). Female head facing left, wearing laurel wreath, the hair covered by a saccos; beneath truncation, [seal] / Incuse square. Tip of chin off flan, otherwise EF.
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Ephesos (BC 625-600) EL 1/12 Stater923 viewsPhanes, ca 625-600 BC. EL 1/12 Stater - Hemihekte (1.15g). Forepart of stag right, head reverted / Incuse square punch with raised lines within. VF, well centered and struck. Very rare.
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Ionia Uncertain (BC 600-550) Lion 1 - EL 1/6923 viewsca 600 BC. EL Hekte - 1/6 Stater (2.42g). Milesian standard. Figural type. Head of roaring lion right on striated background / Double incuse square punches. Unpublished. Good VF. Apparently unique.

A few very rare issues of electrum have a lion forepart on a horizontally-striated field (cf. CNG 69, lots 444 and 447), but this is apparently the first appearance of lion’s head on a vertically-striated field.
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Miletos (BC 520-450) 1/12 Stater921 viewsLate 6th-early 5th century BC. AR Diobol (9mm, 1.25g). Forepart of a lion left, head turned back tor right / Stellete pattern. Near EF, toned.
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Phokaia (BC 600-522) B21 - EL 1/6 Stater906 viewsca 600-522 BC. EL Hekte (2.56g). Head of bull left, dotted truncation; seal (fwkh) above the forehead / Quadripartite incuse square. Good VF, sharp strike and nicely centered.
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Phokaia (BC 387-326) B88 - EL 1/6 Stater901 viewsca 360-340 BC. EL 1/6 Stater - Hekte (2.54g). Head of Hera facing left, wearing a polos adorned with palmettes; behind, seal swimming upwards / Four-part incuse square. It is very unusual to find a head of Hera on an electrum coin. Good VF.

The obverse image is borrowed from Argive models (cf. BM Peloponnesus pl. 27, 9).
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Smyrna (AD 41-54) AE 19 - Britannicus?899 viewsBritannicus, son of Claudius and Messalina, 41-54 AD. Philistos and Eikadios, magistrates. AE19 (3.88g), struck ca 50-54 AD. ZMU, Youthful, draped bust of Britannicus right / EPI FILISTOU - EIKADI/OS, Nike flying right, holding palm over left shoulder. Rare. Dark, olive patina, partially rough surface on obv. EF.1 comments
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Phokaia (BC 625-575) B01 - EL Stater895 viewsca 625-575 BC. EL Stater (16.47g). Head of griffin right, tongue protruding from open jaws, knob on forehead and two tendrils curling over neck / Rough incuse square. Good VF, obverse die slightly worn. The second specimen known, from a different pair of dies.

Attributed to Phokaia based on style, fabric, and metrology, as well as the fact that it uses a griffin head as a coin type on silver trihemiobols of the late 6th century BC.
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Phokaia (BC 387-326) B84 - EL 1/6 Stater892 viewsca 360 BC. EL 1/6 Stater - Hekte (2.55g). Head of beardless youth facing left, wearing Persian headdress (Attis?); behind, seal (the head of which is visible) / Four-part incuse square. A few obverse hairlines, otherwise choice EF.
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