Greek Silver Fractions
Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III the Great, c. 323 - 136 B.C.
It appears there may be a date below the head of Herakles - ΣOP (year 176). If it actually is a date and if it is a Seleukid era date, it equates to 137 - 136 B.C. This would be an unlikely spot for a date. Most likely, the "date" is just lion fur.GS71548. Silver obol, cf. Price 4007 - 4011, SGCV II 6735 - 6737, VF, weight 0.510 g, maximum diameter 10.0 mm, die axis 135o, uncertain Eastern mint, posthumous, c. 323 - 136 B.C.; obverse Herakles' head right, clad in Nemean lion scalp headdress tied at neck; reverse AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus enthroned left, right leg drawn back, eagle in extended right, long scepter vertical behind in left, no symbol; $125.00 (€108.75)
Halikarnassos(?), Caria, c. 400 - 340 B.C.
In Kadmos 37 (1998), K. Konuk identifies Halikarnassos as a possible reading of the ethnic Carian reverse legend. The ram head may be a symbol of Apollo as the god of flocks and herds.GA72261. Silver hemiobol, SNG Keckman 873 (uncertain mint), SNG Kayhan 996, Klein 496, SNG Tübingen 3316, SNG München -, SNG Cop -, VF, weight 0.507 g, maximum diameter 8.6 mm, die axis 270o, Carian mint, c. 400 - 340 B.C; obverse head of ram right; reverse young male head right, retrograde ethnic legend (resembles reversed S-A) across lower fields; $125.00 (€108.75)
Kyzikos, Mysia, c. 480 - 400 B.C.
Cyzicus was one of the great cities of the ancient world. During the Peloponnesian War (431-404 B.C.) Cyzicus was subject to the Athenians and Lacedaemonians alternately. In the naval Battle of Cyzicus in 410, an Athenian fleet completely destroyed a Spartan fleet. At the peace of Antalcidas in 387, like the other Greek cities in Asia, it was made over to Persia. Alexander the Great captured it from the Persians in 334 B.C.GA71821. Silver hemiobol, SNG BnF 386; SNGvA 1215, SNG Ashmolean 540, Von Fritze II 13, SNG Kayhan -, aEF, porous, weight 0.399 g, maximum diameter 9.9 mm, die axis 0o, Kyzikos (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, c. 480 - 400 B.C.; obverse forepart of boar running left, retrograde K on shoulder, tunny fish upwards behind; reverse head of roaring lion left, small facing panther head above, all within a shallow incuse square; $125.00 (€108.75)
Rhodes, Rhodos, Carian Islands, c. 125 - 88 B.C.
The c. 3 gram drachm standard on which this coin is struck, used by Rhodes and other Carian cities, is called 'Plinthophoric' for the square incuse around the reverse type (plinthos = brick or ingot). The archaized incuse reverse revived a characteristic more typical of the 5th century B.C.GS71655. Silver hemidrachm, Jenkins Rhodian, Group D, 191; SNG Keckman -; SNG Cop -; BMC Caria -, VF, toned, weight 1.340 g, maximum diameter 12.3 mm, die axis 0o, Rhodos (Rhodes) mint, Plinthophoric period, c. 125 - 88 B.C.; obverse radiate head of Helios facing slightly right; reverse ∆AMAΣ (magistrate), rose with bud to right, P-O across fields, herm lower right, all within a shallow incuse square; $125.00 (€108.75)
Phokaia, Ionia, c. 521 - 478 B.C.
Phokaia was the most northerly of the Ionian communities in Anatolia and was the mother city of many colonies in the western Mediterranean area, including Massalia (modern Marseille, France).GA71688. Silver obol, SNGvA 2118; BMC Ionia p. 215, 84; Klein 449; SNG Cop -, gVF, toned, weight 0.707 g, maximum diameter 8.9 mm, Phokaia (Foca, Turkey) mint, c. 521 - 478 B.C.; obverse head of griffin left; reverse rough quadripartite incuse square; $125.00 (€108.75)
Caria, Uncertain Satrap, c. 400 - 350 B.C.
GS70805. Silver tetartemorion, Troxell Carians 4, SNG Keckman 862, Klein 503, cf. SNG Kayhan 990 (no inscription), SNG Turkey VIII -, SNG Cop -, F, toned, weight 0.430 g, maximum diameter 8.2 mm, die axis 180o, uncertain mint, obverse head and neck of a lion left, head turned slightly facing; reverse head and neck of a bull left, head turned facing, Karian inscription (resembles MV-H-Φ, clockwise from above), all within a round incuse; rare; $120.00 (€104.40)
Neapolis, Macedonia, 424 - 350 B.C.
Neapolis, Macedonia (Kavala, Greece today), was founded by settlers from Thasos near the end of the 7th century B.C., to exploit the rich gold and silver mines of the area. At the end of the 6th century B.C. Neapolis ("new city" in Greek) claimed its independence from Thasos and struck its own silver coins with the head of Gorgon. A member of the Athenian League, Neapolis was besieged by the allied armies of the Spartans and the Thasians in 411 B.C., during the Peloponnesian War, but remained faithful to Athens. The Apostle Paul landed at Neapolis on his second and third missionary journeys.GS68653. Silver hemidrachm, SNG ANS 455 (same dies); SNG Cop 229; BMC Macedonia p.85, 25; SGCV I 1417, F/VF, grainy, open flan cracks, weight 1.804 g, maximum diameter 14.2 mm, die axis 225o, Macedonia, Neapolis mint, 424 - 350 B.C.; obverse Gorgoneion; reverse NEOΠ (downward on right), diademed female head right; $120.00 (€104.40)
Kyzikos, Mysia, c. 450 - 400 B.C.
During the Peloponnesian War, 431 - 404 B.C., Cyzicus was subject alternately to the Athenians and Lacedaemonians. In the naval Battle of Cyzicus in 410, an Athenian fleet completely destroyed a Spartan fleet. At the peace of Antalcidas in 387, like the other Greek cities in Asia, it was made over to Persia. Alexander the Great captured it from the Persians in 334 B.C.GA71686. Silver hemiobol, SNG Kayhan 57 ff.; SNG BnF 375; SNG Cop 49; BMC Mysia p. 35, 120; SNGvA -, gVF, broad flan, toned, porous, weight 0.364 g, maximum diameter 10.4 mm, die axis 270o, Kyzikos (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, c. 450 - 400 B.C.; obverse forepart of boar running left, tunny fish upwards behind; reverse head of roaring lion left, star of four rays above, all in incuse square; $120.00 (€104.40)
Miletos, Ionia, c. Late 6th Century B.C.
One of the earliest coins struck in silver.
GA71692. Silver 1/12 stater, SGCV II 3532; SNG Kayhan 476; BMC Ionia p 185, 22, VF, flan cracks, weight 1.037 g, maximum diameter 9.42 mm, Miletos mint, c. late 6th century B.C.; obverse forepart of lion right, head turned back left; reverse ornamental pattern in incuse square; $120.00 (€104.40)
Kelenderis, Cilicia, 425 - 400 B.C.
The land around Kelenderis was inadequate for farming but, apparently from the coins, suitable for raising goats. On the plateau behind the hills there were vineyards and olive trees, rich sources of minerals, especially iron and woods, mainly pine and cedar, which were essential for ship building. The town was connected to the Central Anatolian Plateau with suitable passages in the valleys, but it was mainly a port, connected with Cyprus and other countries lying on the Mediterranean coasts.GS65748. Silver obol, BMC Lycaonia p. 56, 32; Göktürk 6 var (Pegasos left); SNG BnF -; SNG Levante -; SNG Cop -; SNGvA -, VF, toned, some porosity, weight 0.797 g, maximum diameter 9.5 mm, die axis 270o, Kelenderis mint, 425 - 400 B.C.; obverse forepart of Pegasus right, curved wings, circle of dots; reverse KE (upper right), forepart of goat left, head turned back right; ex CNG e-Auction 185, lot 229 (27 Mar 2013); ex Kelly J. Krizan M.D. Collection; CNG Auction 25, lot 362 (24 Mar 1993); very rare; $110.00 (€95.70)
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