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Greek Silver Fractions


Leontini, Sicily, c. 476 - 455 B.C.
Click for a larger photo Leontini was founded by colonists from Naxos in 729 B.C. Six miles inland, it is the only Greek settlement in Sicily not located on the coast, Originally held by the Sicels, the site was seized by the Greeks to gain control of the fertile plain to the north.
GS67480. Silver hemilitra, SNG München 548; Boehringer Leontini B; cf. HGC 2 688 (R2, obol); SNG ANS 216 (obol, finer style); BMC Sicily p. 88, 22 (same); SNG Cop 342 (same), VF, weight 0.282 g, maximum diameter 10.3 mm, die axis 225o, Leontini (or unofficial?) mint, c. 476 - 466 B.C.; obverse crude facing lion scalp, dot border; reverse LE/ON (retrograde), barley grain, within shallow round incuse; very rare; $140.00 (€105.00)

Abydos, Troas, 480 - 450 B.C.
Click for a larger photo Abydos is located on the Asiatic shore of the Hellespont (Dardanelles), at the shortest crossing point, scarcely a mile across from Sestus on the European side. In the Iliad, Abydos was an ally of the Trojans (Iliad ii.836) and it is the mythical home of Leander. Persians occupied it in 514 B.C. and Darius burned it in 512. When he invaded Greece in 480 B.C., Xerxes built his two bridges of boats across the strait from Abydos. Abydos became a member of the Delian League, but revolted against Athens in 411 B.C. It allied itself to Sparta, until 394 B.C. Then it passed under Achaemenid rule until 334. Alexander the Great threw a spear to Abydos while crossing the strait and claimed Asia as his own. Abydos is celebrated for the vigorous resistance it made against Philip V of Macedon in 200 B.C. The city minted coins from the early fifth century B.C. to the mid-third century A.D.
GS68733. Silver obol, SNG Cop 4; Weber 5258; BMC Troas p. 1, 7 var (monogram vice kylix); SNG München 4 var (no kylix); SNGvA -; SNG Kayhan -; Klein -, VF, toned, oval flan, reverse a little flat, weight 0.581 g, maximum diameter 11.4 mm, die axis 270o, Abydos mint, 480 - 450 B.C.; obverse ABY, eagle standing left, wings closed, kylix upper right; reverse facing gorgoneion, tongue protruding, within incuse square; $140.00 (€105.00)

Rhodos, Caria, 188 - 84 B.C.
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GS67125. Silver diobol, cf. SNG Keckman 693 - 700 (control symbol), HGC 6, 1465, VF, weight 0.657 g, maximum diameter 11.5 mm, die axis 0o, Rhodes mint, ?Plinthophoric? coinage, c. 188 - 84 B.C.; obverse radiate head of Helios right; reverse rose with bud to left; P-O flanking across field, control symbol (Isis headdress?) right; $135.00 (€101.25)

Dardanos, Troas, Late 5th Century B.C.
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In mythology, Dardanos was founded by Dardanus, from whom the city, the region and the people took their name. It lay on the Hellespont, and is the source of the strait's modern name, the Dardanelles. From Dardanus' grandson Tros the people gained the additional name of Trojans and the region gained the additional name Troad. Tros' son Ilus subsequently founded a city called Ilion (in Latin Ilium) down on the plain, the city now commonly called Troy, and the kingdom was split between Ilium and Dardania. The Dardani people appear in the Trojan War under Aeneas, in close alliance with the Trojans, with whose name their own is often interchanged, especially by the Roman poets.The Troad
GA68143. Silver obol, SNG Cop 282; SNG Ashmolean 1120; SNGvA -, SNG München -, aVF, darkly toned, weight 0.652 g, maximum diameter 9.7 mm, die axis 0o, Dardanos mint, Late 5th Century B.C.; obverse horseman riding left; reverse cock standing left within incuse square; ex CNG auction 311, lot 675; ex Daniel Koppersmith Collection; ex CNG auction 260, lot 217; rare; $130.00 (€97.50)

Kelenderis, Cilicia, 425 - 400 B.C.
Click for a larger photo 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.
GS70101. Silver obol, Göktürk 7, SNG BNF 80; SNG Levante 27, SNG Cop 89, SNGvA 5635, gVF, high relief, toned, edge crack, weight 0.653 g, maximum diameter 8.8 mm, die axis 180o, Kelenderis mint, 425 - 400 B.C.; obverse forepart of Pegasus right, curved wings, dot border; reverse KE (upper left), goat kneeling right, head turned back left; ex Kelly J. Krizan, M.D. Collection; ex CNG e-auction 299, lot 186; ex Antioch Associates sale 29 (1 Jun 2000), lot 38 ; very rare; $130.00 (€97.50)

Athens, Greece, Old Style Hemiobol, 449 - 413 B.C.
Click for a larger photo The tetradrachms of Athens are much more common than the smaller denominations. Around 480 B.C. a wreath of olive leaves and a decorative scroll were added to Athena's helmet.
GS68742. Silver hemiobol, SNG Cop 59 ff.; SNG München 83 ff., Kroll 14; Svoronos Athens pl. 13, 43; BMC Attica p. 11, 112 ff., F, grainy, toned, weight 0.293 g, maximum diameter 6.3 mm, die axis 270o, Athens mint, 449 - 413 B.C.; obverse head of Athena right with almond shaped eye, wearing crested helmet ornamented with three olive leaves and floral scroll; reverse AΘE right, owl standing right, head facing, erect in posture, olive sprig with one leaf and one berry above left, all within incuse square; $125.00 (€93.75)

Apollonia Pontika, Thrace, Late 4th Century B.C.
Click for a larger photo Apollonia Pontica was founded as Antheia by Greek colonists from Miletus in the 7th century B.C. They soon changed its name to Apollonia after building a temple for Apollo. The temple contained a colossal statue of Apollo by Calamis, which was later taken to Rome and placed in the Capitol. The anchor on the coinage is evidence of the importance of its maritime trade.
GS69966. Silver diobol, Topalov Apollonia p. 390, 2; SNG BM 176; SNG Cop -, SNG Stancomb -, VF, weight 1.231 g, maximum diameter 10.1 mm, die axis 180o, Apollonia Pontika mint, Late 4th Century B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo facing; reverse anchor flukes up, thick flukes, A inner left, crayfish inner right, KTH (magistrates initials) upward outer left; $125.00 (€93.75)

Apollonia Pontika, Thrace, c. Late 4th Century B.C.
Click for a larger photo Apollonia Pontica was founded as Antheia by Greek colonists from Miletus in the 7th century B.C. They soon changed its name to Apollonia after building a temple for Apollo. The temple contained a colossal statue of Apollo by Calamis, which was later taken to Rome and placed in the Capitol. The anchor on the coinage is evidence of the importance of its maritime trade.
GS68929. Silver diobol, Topalov Apollonia p. 387, 1; SNG BM 167; SNG Stancomb 41; SNG Cop 461, VF, weight 1.256 g, maximum diameter 10.8 mm, die axis 0o, Apollonia Pontika mint, Late 4th Century B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo facing; reverse anchor flukes up, thick flukes, rectangular stock, A on left and crawfish seen from above on right between flukes and stock; $125.00 (€93.75)

Apollonia Pontika, Thrace, c. 4th Century B.C.
Click for a larger photo Apollonia Pontica was founded as Antheia by Greek colonists from Miletus in the 7th century B.C. They soon changed its name to Apollonia after building a temple for Apollo. The temple contained a colossal statue of Apollo by Calamis, which was later taken to Rome and placed in the Capitol. The anchor on the coinage is evidence of the importance of its maritime trade.
GS68930. Silver diobol, Topalov Apollonia p. 386, 4; SNG BM 167; SNG Stancomb 41; SNG Cop 459, VF, weight 1.250 g, maximum diameter 11.2 mm, die axis 225o, Apollonia Pontika mint, 4th Century B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo facing; reverse anchor flukes up, thick flukes, rectangular stock, A on left and crawfish seen from above on right between flukes and stock; $125.00 (€93.75)

Leontini, Sicily, c. 476 - 466 B.C.
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GS51636. Silver obol, Boehringer Leontini 19 var (ethnic arrangement), SNG ANS 216 var (same), gF, weight 0.357 g, maximum diameter 10.1 mm, die axis 0o, Leontini mint, c. 476 - 466 B.C.; obverse facing lion's head; reverse ΛE−ON, barley grain; $120.00 (€90.00)



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