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« on: July 10, 2011, 02:58:18 pm »

Kyme in the Aeolis was one of a number of cities that claimed a connection to Homer by putting him on their coins in Roman times. The reason for this claim was that Homer's mother Kritheis (or Krethis) was said to have been from Kyme (there are different accounts about her). Unlike the Homer coins from Amastris (which are rare but not extremely so), the ones from Kyme are, to my knowledge, very rare. I thus felt very lucky in finding an unidentified specimen on eBay some while ago, the first I have personally seen on the market so far. At least one other bidder must have realized what it is as he bid me up way above what would have been a normal price for a pseudo-autonomous bronze with seated Zeus as it was described by the seller. Still the price seemed fair to me for what the coin is. RPC online knows four specimens of the type with the ethnic in oak wreath reverse, two in London, one in Paris and one in Vienna. There is a second type from the same series of which RPC knows seven specimens, this time with Kritheis as reverse type.

Kyme, Aeolis, AE19, time of Commodus.
Obv: OMHPOC, Homer seated right, resting right arm on seat and holding scroll in left hand.
Rev: ΚΥΜ/Α/ΙΩΝ within oak wreath.
RPC online 2469: 4 specimens, none illustrated, but cf. BMC Aeolis p. 115, no. 109-110

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« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2011, 10:22:24 pm »

Very nice catch, Lars.  It's easy to see how the less-specialized collector/dealer would call the obverse Zeus.  It's a very attractive and rare piece.

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« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2011, 11:58:36 pm »

That is great Lars.
Reading the title, at first, I thought it might be a joke

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« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2011, 04:20:36 pm »

Thanks! So the question is: who is the better poet, Homer or Homer?

Here's my only Homer from Amastris, a coin Andreas Reich kindly traded to me.

Quasi-autonomous AE28, 2nd Century AD, Amastris, Paphlagonia.
Obv: OMHPOC, bearded and diademed head of Homer right.
Rev: AMACTPIANΩN, emperor standing left in military attire, holding sceptre and sacrificing from patera over altar.
26-28 mm, 9.60 g
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Cf. SNG Aulock 6806 for a coin from the same obverse die. The description mentions another coin from that obverse die, published in ZFN 10 (1883), pl. 3,6, but I couldn't check it yet.

Lars

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