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Aeolis

Aeolis was not originally a geographic term but a collective name for the cities in region on the west coast of Asia Minor founded by the Aeolians, a branch of the Hellenic peoples. The twelve southern cities were grouped in the Aeolian League; these were Temnos, Smyrna, Pitane, Neonteichos, Aegirusa, Notium, Cilla or Killa, Cyme, Gryneum, Larissa, Myrina, and Aegae.


Britannicus, Son of Claudius and Messalina, 12 February 41 - 11 February 55 A.D., Aegae, Aeolis
Click for a larger photo Tiberius Claudius Britannicus was born in 41 A.D., son of Cladius I and Messalina. Although the natural heir to the empire, Britannicus was passed over in favor of Nero who then had him murdered a year after his fathers' death.
SH68013. Bronze AE 17, RPC I 2431 (4 specimens), SNG Cop -, aF, weight 2.633 g, maximum diameter 16.8 mm, die axis 90o, Aegae mint, obverse BPETANNIKOC KAICAP, bare head of Britannicus right; reverse AIΓAEΩN EΠI XAΛEOY, Zeus standing left, eagle in extended right, long scepter vertical behind in left; very rare; $220.00 (€165.00)

Tisna, Aeolis, c. 350 - 300 B.C.
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GB68074. Bronze AE 10, Traité II 2074, pl. CLVII, 22; Klein 345 var (head right); SNG Cop -; SNGvA -, SNG München -, BMC Troas -, Lindgren -, VF, weight 1.214 g, maximum diameter 10.3 mm, die axis 225o, Tisna mint, c. 350 - 300 B.C.; obverse youthful head of river-god Tisnaios left; reverse sword in scabbard with strap, TIΣNA/ON (in two lines, one above, one below); very rare; $220.00 (€165.00)

Larissa Phrikonis, Aeolis, c. 4th Century B.C.
Click for a larger photo Coins of Larissa Phrikonis are very rare. Lindgren and Von Aulock each list one single coin of the city. Small bronzes have typically achieved prices of $150 to $300 in major auctions. A few of these coins are on the market at this time, possibly all from a single find.
GB59297. Bronze AE 11, SNG München 565, SNG Cop 212, BMC Troas -, VF, weight 1.113 g, maximum diameter 10.6 mm, die axis 90o, Larissa Phrikonis mint, obverse horned female river-god facing three-quarters facing; reverse laureate head of Apollo right; very rare; $125.00 (€93.75)

Grynion, Aeolis, c. 350 - 306 B.C.
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GB43079. Bronze AE 16, SNG Cop 204; BMC Troas p. 133, 2, F, weight 3.942 g, maximum diameter 16.3 mm, Grynion mint, c. 350 - 306 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo facing; reverse ΓYPNH, mussel shell; rare; $65.00 (€48.75)

Kyme, Aeolis, c. 350 - 250 B.C.
Click for a larger photo Cyme, one of the oldest and noblest of the Aeolian cities, was probably a colony of Cyme in Euboea, though according to tradition it was founded by the Amazon Kyme. Its inhabitants were mainly agricultural and averse to seafaring.
GB59700. Bronze AE 11, SNG Cop 41 ff., SNGvA 1625, SGCV II 4186, F, weight 1.358 g, maximum diameter 11.4 mm, die axis 90o, Kyme mint, c. 350 - 250 B.C.; obverse eagle standing right with closed wings; reverse one-handled vase, K-Y across field; $45.00 (€33.75)

Kyme, Aeolis, c. 350 - 250 B.C.
Click for a larger photo Cyme, one of the oldest and noblest of the Aeolian cities, was probably a colony of Cyme in Euboea, though according to tradition it was founded by the Amazon Kyme. Its inhabitants were mainly agricultural and averse to seafaring.
GB58968. Bronze AE 11, SNG Cop 41 ff., SNGvA 1625, SGCV II 4186, gF, weight 1.232 g, maximum diameter 10.7 mm, die axis 180o, Kyme mint, c. 350 - 250 B.C.; obverse eagle standing right with closed wings; reverse one-handled vase, K-Y across field; $40.00 (€30.00)

Aegae, Aeolis, 2nd - 1st Century B.C.
Click for a larger photo Aegae (or Aigai) means place of goats and was the name of many cities of antiquity. Aegae, Aeolis was located at the mid-point between the modern cities of Ýzmir, Manisa, Bergama and Aliaða in Turkey.
BB69788. Bronze AE 19, SNG Cop 8; SNGvA 1597; BMC Troas p. 96, 12; SGCV 4167, F, green patina, weight 5.240 g, maximum diameter 18.7 mm, die axis 0o, Aeolis, Aegae mint, 2nd - 1st century B.C.; obverse helmeted head of Athena right; reverse AIΓAEΩN, Zeus standing slightly right, nude, radiate, eagle in extended right, long scepter vertical in left, three monograms on left; from the Butte College Foundation, ex Lindgren; $36.00 (€27.00)

Kyme, Aeolis, 320 - 250 B.C.
Click for a larger photo Cyme, one of the oldest and noblest of the Aeolian cities, was probably a colony of Cyme in Euboea, though according to tradition it was founded by the Amazon Kyme. Its inhabitants were mainly agricultural and averse to seafaring.
GB59388. Bronze AE 17, cf. SNG Cop 69 ff.; BMC Troas p. 108, 40 ff; SGCV II 4188, aF, weight 3.966 g, maximum diameter 16.6 mm, die axis 0o, Kyme mint, 320 - 250 B.C.; obverse forepart of a prancing horse, KY above, obscure magistrate's name below; reverse one-handled vase, monogram left; $36.00 (€27.00)


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