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Greek Silver Fractions

Kelenderis, Cilicia, 425 - 400 B.C.

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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; Gktrk 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; $85.00 (74.80)


Kyzikos, Mysia, c. 450 - 400 B.C.

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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.
GS75112. Silver hemiobol, SNG Kayhan 57 ff.; SNG BnF 375; SNG Cop 49; BMC Mysia p. 35, 120; SNGvA -, gVF, weight 0.390 g, maximum diameter 10.9 mm, die axis 90o, 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; $85.00 (74.80)


Temnos, Aeolis, 4th - 3rd Century B.C.

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The referenced CNG coin is the only official(?) example of this type known to Forum and our coin is the only unofficial example of this type known to Forum. The CNG coin sold for $340 plus fees.
GS31755. Fouree silver plated diobol, unpublished in standard references (both official and unofficial); CNG auction 94 (18 Sep 2013), lot 481 (apparently solid silver, 11mm, 1.55, 4h), aVF, plating chips and corrosion exposing bronze core, weight 1.372 g, maximum diameter 11.5 mm, die axis 0o, unofficial mint, 4th - 3rd century B.C.; obverse bare head of bearded Dionysos left; reverse kantharos, T - A flanking low across field; unique(?); $80.00 (70.40)


Magnesia ad Maeandrum, Ionia, c. 350 - 320 B.C.

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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; $80.00 (70.40)


Kelenderis, Cilicia, c. 425 - 400 B.C.

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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; $80.00 (70.40)


Persian Empire, Gebal-Byblos, Phoenicia, King Azba'al, c. 400 - 376 B.C.

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Byblos produced papyrus and our word bible was derived from the name of this city. In the Persian period, 538 ? 332 B.C., Byblos was one of four Persian vassal kingdoms in Phoenicia; the other three were Sidon, Tyre, and Arwad.
GS73436. Silver 1/16 shekel, Betlyon 15; BMC Phoenicia p. 95, 6 - 7; HGC 10 134 (S), SNG Cop -, VF, dark tone, weight 0.740 g, maximum diameter 11.1 mm, Byblos mint, c. 400 - 376 B.C.; obverse galley left with lion head prow ornament, two hoplites onboard, hippocamp left below, Phoenician letters AZ (Azba'al) above tail; reverse Phoenician legend: AZBAL MLK GBL (Azba'al King of Gebal), lion bringing down a bull; scarce; $80.00 (70.40)


Thracians, Odrysian Kingdom, Early 5th - Middle 4th Century B.C.

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This type has traditionally been attributed to Parion, Mysia or as a Celtic imitative of the Parion type. Based on find locations in the area of Plovdiv, Haskova, Stara Zagora and Yambol in Bulgaria, Topalov has reattributed this imitative type to the Thracian Odrysian Kingdom. He notes they may have been struck by a tribal mint or by one of the Greek cities within Odrysian territory to pay their annual tax to the tribe.
GA47645. Silver hemidrachm, Topalov Thrace p. 230, 55, aVF, obverse off center, weight 2.891 g, maximum diameter 12.9 mm, Thracian, Greek city or tribal mint, Early 5th - Middle 4th Century B.C.; obverse facing head of Medusa (gorgoneion); reverse incuse square containing angles in each corner forming a cruciform pattern, with pellet in center; ex Alex G. Malloy; $75.00 (66.00)


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; $75.00 (66.00)


Vespasian, 1 July 69 - 24 June 79 A.D., Caesarea, Cappadocia

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Kayseri, Turkey was originally named Mazaca. It was renamed Eusebia by Ariarathes V Eusebes, King of Cappadocia, 163 - 130 B.C. The last king of Cappadocia, King Archelaus, renamed it "Caesarea in Cappadocia" to honor Caesar Augustus upon his death in 14 A.D. Muslim Arabs slightly modified the name into Kaisariyah, which became Kayseri when the Seljuk Turks took control, c. 1080 A.D.
RP74294. Silver hemidrachm, RPC II 1659; Metcalf 17; Sydenham Cappadocia 94; BMC Galatia p. 47, 17; SNGvA 6362, F, encrusted, weight 1.798 g, maximum diameter 15.4 mm, die axis 0o, Caesarea mint, c. 69 - 79 A.D.; obverse AYOKP KAICAP OVECΠACIANOC CEBA, laureate head right; reverse Nike advancing right, wreath in right, palm over shoulder in left; $75.00 (66.00)


Himera, Sicily, c. 530 - 520 B.C.

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After Terillus, tyrant of Himera, was removed, he requested aid from Carthage. Hamilcar landed at Carthagian Panormus with an army of 300,000 men. Himera was just outside the eastern boundary of the Carthaginian-controlled west Sicily, very near Panormus. Himera held its defenses until Gelon of Syracuse arrived with a smaller Greek army. Despite the numerical inferiority, the Greeks defeated the Carthaginians with such slaughter that the Battle of Himera in 480 B.C. was regarded by the Greeks of Sicily as worthy of comparison with the contemporary victory of Salamis. A tradition grew, that both triumphs were achieved on the very same day. The tradition was probably fiction, but the battle did cripple Carthage's power in Sicily for decades.Battle of Himera
GA75658. Silver litra, Kraay Himera pl. 15, 278; SNG ANS 144; cf. BMC Sicily p. 76, 12 (hen); SNG Munchen 339 (obol, hen); HGC 2 427 (R1, obol, hen); SNG Cop -, VF, a little rough, weight 0.668 g, maximum diameter 10.1 mm, Himera mint, c. 530 - 520 B.C.; obverse cock standing right; reverse square millsail pattern; rare; $75.00 (66.00)




    



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