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Greek Silver Fractions


Selge, Pisidia, c. 350 - 300 B.C.
Click for a larger photo Selge, Pisidia on the southern slope of Mount Taurus where the river Eurymedon (Kpray) forces its way through the mountains, was once the most powerful and populous city of Pisidia. Protected by precipices, torrents, and an army of 20,000 regarded as worthy kinsmen of the Spartans, Selge was never subject to a foreign power until Rome. In the 5th century A.D. Zosimus calls it a little town, but it was still strong enough to repel a body of Goths.
GS68737. Silver obol, SNGvA 5266 ff.; SNG BnF 1930; SNG Kayhan 1061; BMC Lycia p. 257, 7; cf. SNG Cop 246 ff. (no tongue); SGCV II 5478, VF, toned, edge chip, weight 0.768 g, maximum diameter 10.4 mm, die axis 45o, Selge mint, c. 350 - 300 B.C.; obverse Gorgoneion head facing with protruding tongue; reverse helmeted head of Athena right, astragalos behind; $110.00 (82.50)

Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Turkey 1: The Muharrem Kayhan Collection
Click for a larger photo SNG Kayhan

SNG Kayhan is a standard reference for the archaic silver fractional coins of Ionia and Karia and a very good overall for pre-Roman Greek coins from those areas (Ephesos and Miletos in particular). The book largely covers the private collection of the author and this particular volume consists solely of Greek coinage (i.e. Roman Provincials are not present). While there is some coverage of areas such as Thrace, Macedonia, Boiotia, Attika, Bithynia, Mysia, Troas, Aiolis, Lydia, Phrygia, Lykia, Pamphylia, Pisidia, Isauria, Kilikia, Cyprus, Syria, Egypt, Incerti, it is Ionia and Karia that get most attention.
BK65561. Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Turkey 1: The Muharrem Kayhan Collection, Istanbul, 2002, quatro, 41 pages of plates with corresponding pages of descriptions (1,076 coins); $100.00 (75.00)

Pharsalos, Thessaly, Greece, Mid - Late 5th Century B.C.
Click for a larger photo Pharsalos, built on a hillside of the Narthacius Mountains, was one of the main cities in Thessaly. In the Persian Wars it sided with the Athenians. In the early 4th century B.C., the city was a part of the Thessalian League. Later, it joined the Macedonian Kingdom under Philip II. The area became a theater of war where the Aetolians and the Thessalians clashed with the Macedonians, especially during the Second and the Third Macedonian Wars. After the defeat of the Macedonian Kingdom, Pharsalos and the whole area became a part of the Roman Republic. Pharsalos is famous for being the scene of the final battle between Caesar and Pompey.
GS90188. Silver hemidrachm, Lavva 31 (V21/R19); SNG Cop 217 - 218; BCD Thessaly II 664; BMC Thessaly p. 43, 2; SGCV I 2189, aF, weight 2.656 g, maximum diameter 15.3 mm, die axis 45o, Pharsalos mint, Mid - Late 5th century B.C.; obverse helmeted head of Athena right, crested helmet, ear-flap raised; reverse horse head and neck right, Φ−AP downward on right; $100.00 (75.00)

Kyme, Aiolis, c. 480 - 450 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.
GA71547. Silver hemiobol, SGCV II 4174, BMC Troas 11, Klein 333, SNGvA 7690, SNG Kayhan 84, VF, dark toning, weight 0.397 g, maximum diameter 7.8 mm, Kyme mint, c. 480 - 450 B.C.; obverse KY, eagle head left; reverse incuse mill-sail pattern; $100.00 (75.00)

Samos, Islands off Ionia, c. 400 - 380 B.C.
Click for a larger photo Samos is the birth palce of Pythagoras. One of the famous attractions of the island is the aqueduct-tunnel which was dug through a mountain to bring water to the city from an inland secret the spring. The tunnel was in use for a very long period and discovered in 19th century thanks to Herodotos' writing of it. The tunnel is over 1000m long, an engineering marvel dug from both ends by two simultaneously working teams.
GS71552. Silver diobol, Barron p. 212, 1 ff.; SNG Cop 1690; SNGvA 2295; SNG Kayhan 667; BMC Ionia p. 363, 140 ff.; HGC 6 1224 (R2), F, grainy, weight 1.099 g, maximum diameter 9.8 mm, die axis 90o, Samos mint, c. 400 - 380 B.C.; obverse facing lion head (scalp?); reverse prow of Samian galley right, ΣA below; rare; $100.00 (75.00)

Magnesia ad Maeandrum, Ionia, c. 350 - 320 B.C.
Click for a larger photo Magnesia ad Maeandrum was an inland city of Ionia, located on a small tributary of the Maeander River about 12 miles southeast of Ephesus.
GS90759. Silver hemidrachm, cf. BMC Ionia p. 159, 8 ff,; SNG Kayhan 414 ff.; Weber 5998; SNG Cop 806 ff. (various magistrates), gF, grainy, weight 1.463 g, maximum diameter 11.7 mm, die axis 0o, Magnesia ad Maeandrum mint, c. 350 - 320 B.C.; obverse horseman prancing right, wearing helmet, cuirass, and chlamys; holding couched spear; reverse bull butting left atop Maeander pattern, MAΓN above, stalk of grain right, magistrate's name below; ex Ancient Imports; $95.00 (71.25)

Tarsos, Cilicia, c. 380 - 360 B.C.
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GS58069. Silver obol, SNG BnF 310 - 311, SNG Levante 217 - 218, F, weight 0.458 g, maximum diameter 10.0 mm, Tarsos mint, obverse uncertain female head facing slightly left; reverse bust of Aphrodite right, wearing tainia; $90.00 (67.50)

Cilicia, c. 480 - 400 B.C.
Click for a larger photo The attribution of this extremely rare type to Cilicia is uncertain. The obverse is imitative of coins of Athens, where around 480 B.C. a wreath of olive leaves and a decorative scroll were added to Athena's helmet. Forum knows of three examples of the type without olive leaves on the helmet, but we are not aware of any other specimens of this variety with the three olive leaves on the helmet.
GS65780. Silver hemiobol, unpublished in standard references, cf. CNG auction 294, lot 381 (no olive leaves or scroll on helmet), F, edge chips, weight 0.185 g, maximum diameter 7.0 mm, die axis 45o, uncertain mint, c. 480 - 400 B.C.; obverse helmeted head of Athena right, almond shaped eye, crested helmet with olive leaves and floral scroll; reverse lion right, raising left forepaw, dot border, all within a round incuse; extremely rare; $90.00 (67.50)

Magnesia ad Maeandrum, Ionia, c. 350 - 320 B.C.
Click for a larger photo Magnesia ad Maeandrum was an inland city of Ionia, located on a small tributary of the Maeander River about 12 miles southeast of Ephesus.
GS68736. Silver obol, cf. SNG Cop 819 ff. (different magistrates), SNGvA -, SNG Kayhan -, BMC Ionia -, F, uneven toning, porosity, weight 0.721 g, maximum diameter 9.8 mm, die axis 0o, Magnesia ad Maeandrum mint, c. 350 - 320 B.C.; obverse horseman prancing right with helmet, cuirass, and chlamys; holding couched spear; reverse MAΓN, bull butting left atop Maeander pattern, ∆IOΠEIN(?) (magistrate name) below; rare; $90.00 (67.50)

Kelenderis, Cilicia, c. 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.
GS90735. Silver obol, SNG BnF 80; SNG Levante 27; BMC Lycaonia p. 56, 30; SNGvA 5635; SNG Cop 88; Weber 7523 (S RCV 5536), VF, well centered, toned, weight 0.765 g, maximum diameter 9.6 mm, die axis 90o, Kelenderis mint, c. 425 - 400 B.C.; obverse forepart of Pegasos right with curved wing; reverse KE−Λ, goat kneeling right, head turned back left; $90.00 (67.50)



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