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Ephesos, Ionia, c. 340 - 325 B.C.

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Ephesos, on the west coast of Anatolia, was one of the 12 cities of the Ionian League. It was famous for its Temple of Artemis, completed around 550 B.C., one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The usual symbols of this nature-goddess are the torch, stag, and the bee. Coins of Ephesos most frequently depict a bee on the obverse. The high-priest of the temple of Artemis was called the King Bee, while the virgin priestesses were called honey-bees (Melissae). Ephesus was one of the seven churches of Asia cited in the Book of Revelation and the Gospel of John may have been written there.
SH75181. Silver tetradrachm, Pixodarus p. 192, class H (post-hoard, cites Berlin); Trait้ II p. 1106, 1183; SNG Cop -; SNG Mun -; SNG Tub -; SNGvA -; SNG Kayhan -; BMC Ionia -, aVF, well centered, die wear and breaks on the obverse, weight 15.057 g, maximum diameter 23.9 mm, die axis 0o, Ephesos mint, c. 340 - 325 B.C.; obverse bee with straight wings, E−Φ flanking head; reverse forepart of stag kneeling right, looking left, palm tree with two bunches of fruit on left, XIMAPOΣ downward on right; very rare; $800.00 (€712.00)

Nero, 13 October 54 - 9 June 68 A.D., Sagalassos, Pisidia

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Sagalassos, Pisidia, high in the western Taurus Mountains, was within the Roman province of Asia from 133 until 39 B.C., when Rome gave the region to the Galatian client king Amyntas. After he was killed in 25 B.C., the kingdom became the province of Galatia. Sagalassos became the "first city" of Pisidia and the center of the imperial cult. Sagalassos city was abandoned in the middle of the seventh century after it was destroyed by a plaque, Arab raids, and earthquakes. Survivors likely resettled in the valley below.
RP84970. Bronze AE 24, RPC I 3525 (7 spec.), SNG BnF 1751, SNGvA 5163, McClean 8998, BMC Lycia -, VF, attractive dark green patina, nice portrait, weight 9.487 g, maximum diameter 23.5 mm, die axis 0o, Sagalassos (near Aglasun, Turkey) mint, 63 - 9 Jun 68 A.D.; obverse NEPWN KAICAP, laureate head right; reverse CAΓAΛACCWN, Zeus seated left on throne, right leg drawn back, himation around hips and legs and over left shoulder, eagle in extended right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand; extremely rare; $250.00 (€222.50)

Syracuse, Sicily, c. 405 B.C., Style of Kimon

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The finest style, perhaps by one of the greatest masters of numismatic art. The famous master-engravers of Syracuse, who signed their work in gold and silver, also signed some bronze coins. This obverse die shares the style of the Kimon signed die. However, it has the addition of a necklace not seen on the Kimon signed die in Calciati, and it lacks the signature.
GB85324. Bronze hemilitron, Calciati II 45, 19 fr 1; HGC 2 1479; SNG ANS -; SNG Cop -; SNG Munchen -; BMC Sicily -, VF, superb style with a beautiful Arethusa, well centered, reverse not fully struck, grainy surfaces, weight 2.851 g, maximum diameter 15.4 mm, die axis 180o, Syracuse mint, c. 405 B.C.; obverse head of nymph Arethusa left, hair bound with ampyx and sphendone, wearing hoop earring and wire necklace; reverse wheel of four spokes, ΣY−PA in upper quarters divided by spoke, dolphin head down and inward in each of the lower quarters; very rare; $290.00 (€258.10)

Achaean League, Pallantion, Achaia, Peloponnesos, Greece, c. 88 - 30 B.C.

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GS85328. Silver triobol or hemidrachm, Benner p. 86, 4; BMC Peloponnesus 124; BCD Peloponnesos 1593.2; McClean 6507; Clerk 219; SNG Cop 290; Hunterian 26; Dewing 1851; HGC 5 969 (R1), aVF, weight 2.085 g, maximum diameter 14.9 mm, die axis 225o, Pallantion (near Tripoli, Arcadia, Greece) mint, c. 88 - 30 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Zeus left; reverse large Achaian League (AX) monogram, Π-A-Λ clockwise from left side, YE monogram and trident head upward below, all within laurel wreath; $140.00 (€124.60)

Salamis, Cyprus, c. 322 - 310 B.C.

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Salamis was a maritime town on the east coast of Cyprus, at the end of a fertile plain between two mountains, near the River Pediaeus.
GB85330. Bronze AE 13, Bank of Cyprus 27; Tziambazis 130 (Evagoras II); BMC Cyprus p. 61, 74 (Evagoras II); SNG Cop -, VF, rough, corrosion, weight 2.750 g, maximum diameter 13.2 mm, die axis 0o, Salamis mint, c. 322 - 310 B.C.; obverse helmeted and draped bust of Athena left, wearing crested Attic helmet, earring and necklace; reverse prow left, ΣAΛ upward on left; very rare; $180.00 (€160.20)

Phokis, Greece, Federal Coinage, c. 357 - 354 B.C.

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Phocis was mainly pastoral. The twenty-two confederate Phocian towns held their periodic synedrion (assembly) in a building called Phokikon, near Daulis, and here, perhaps, rather than at any one of the Phocian towns, the federal mint may have been established. Money would be issued at this mint only on the occasions of the meetings of the synedrion, when it may be supposed that a concourse of people from all parts of the Phocian territory was gathered together, and that a fair or market was held for the exchange and purchase of commodities, as at Delphi during the Pythian festivals. The bull's head is perhaps symbolic of a special sacrifice held on behalf of the whole people, when a prize bull may have been the victim.
GS85332. Silver triobol, BCD Lokris 277 ff., Williams Phokians 302 ff., SNG Cop 120, HGC 4 1046 (R2), aVF, high relief obverse, attractive classical style, toned, etched surfaces, weight 2.422 g, maximum diameter 14.1 mm, die axis 0o, Phokis mint, strategos Philomelos, c. 357 - 354 B.C.; obverse bull head facing; reverse laureate head of Apollo right, branch behind, Φ − Ω below, all within a shallow round incuse; scarce; $140.00 (€124.60)

Ptolemaic Kingdom, Cleopatra VII Thea Philopator, 51 - 30 B.C.

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Cleopatra VII originally shared power with her father Ptolemy XII and later with her brother-husbands Ptolemy XIII and Ptolemy XIV. Her relationship with Julius Caesar led to sole rule. After Caesar's assassination, she aligned with Mark Antony. Her reign marks the end of the Hellenistic Era and the beginning of the Roman Era. She was the last Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt.
GI85343. Bronze hemiobol, Svoronos 1872; Weiser 184; SNG Cop 422; BMC Alexandria p. 123, 5; Noeske 383; Sear CRI 949, aF, bumps, scratches, corrosion, flan crack, weight 8.383 g, maximum diameter 21.2 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 51 - 30 B.C.; obverse diademed and draped bust of Cleopatra right, characteristic melon coif; reverse KΛEOΠATPAΣ BACIΛICCHC, eagle standing left on thunderbolt, wings closed, head left, cornucopia left, M (40 drachms = hemiobol) right; $250.00 (€222.50)

Ptolemaic Kingdom, Cleopatra VII Thea Philopator, 51 - 30 B.C., Paphos, Cyprus

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In 48 B.C., Julius Caesar gave Cyprus to Cleopatra.
GP85350. Bronze obol, Svoronos 1875; RPC I 3903; Malter 268b (Ptolemaeus of Cyprus); Hosking 169; SNG Milan 526; BMC Alexandria p. 120, 52; Weiser -; SNG Cop -; Noeske -, VF, uneven strike, some corrosion, edge crack, weight 7.729 g, maximum diameter 26.4 mm, die axis 45o, Paphos mint, c. 47 - 30 B.C.; obverse horned head of Zeus-Ammon right; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΠTOΛEMAIOY, eagle standing left on thunderbolt, head left, wings closed, palm frond transverse on far side, KYΠP (Cyprus) monogram right; rare; $100.00 (€89.00)

Sabina, Augusta 128 - c. 136 A.D., Wife of Hadrian, Tmolus, Lydia

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The primary reference for Tmolus is: Foss, C. "A neighbor of Sardis: the city of Tmolus and its successors" in Classical Antiquity, vol. 1, no. 2 (Oct. 1982), pp. 178-201, available online:

Foss wrote that the small city of Tmolus was first authorized to strike coins under Hadrian. He believed that Tmolus issued coinage only very sporadically and the coins were probably struck at the mint of their neighbor Sardis.
RP85354. Bronze AE 19, RPC Online III 2388 (5 spec.); SNG Cop 635; NC 1903, p. 337, 29 and pl. X, 12 rev.; Foss Tmolus p. 181, type I, VF, grainy surface, edge split, weight 4.542 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 190o, struck for Tmolus at Sardis(?) mint, 128 - c. 136 A.D.; obverse CEBACTH CABEINA, draped bust right, wearing stephane; reverse TMΩΛITΩN, Apollo standing right, nude, bow in right hand, arrow in left hand; very rare; $200.00 (€178.00)

Kolophon, Ionia, Late 6th Century B.C.

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Kolophon was once the strongest of the Ionian cities and renowned both for its cavalry and for the inhabitants' luxurious lifestyle until Gyges of Lydia conquered it in the 7th century B.C. Kolophon then went into decline and was eclipsed by neighboring Ephesus and by the rising naval power, Miletus.
GA85103. Silver tetartemorion, SNG Kayhan 343, SNGvA 1810, SNG Cop -, Milne Kolophon -, Rosen -, Klein -, EF, well centered, toned, slightly etched surfaces, weight 0.185 g, maximum diameter 5.8 mm, Kolophon (near Degirmendere Fev, Turkey) mint, late 6th century B.C.; obverse head of Apollo left; reverse irregular quadripartite incuse square; $100.00 (€89.00)

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