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Ephesos, Ionia, c. 500 - 420 B.C.

|Ephesos|, |Ephesos,| |Ionia,| |c.| |500| |-| |420| |B.C.||tritartemorion|
Ephesus was one of the twelve cities of the Ionian League on the west coast of Anatolia. The city was famed for the Temple of Artemis (completed around 550 B.C.), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Ephesus was one of the seven churches of Asia that are cited in the Book of Revelation. The Gospel of John may have been written there.
GA95887. Silver tritartemorion, Karwiese Series IIIa, Type 24; cf. SNG Kayhan 135 (0.26); SNG Tüb IV 2759 (0.30g); SNR 42 97 (0.10); BMC Ionia -; SNG Cop -; SNGvA -; et al. -, F, toned, struck with an obverse die much too large for the flan, weight 0.180 g, maximum diameter 6.88 mm, die axis 0o, Ephesos mint, c. 500 - 420 B.C.; obverse bee seen from above, its two large eyeballs on the top edge of the flan; reverse star of eight rays around a central pellet; scarce; $70.00 (€64.40)
 


Ionia, c. 600 - 550 B.C.

|Archaic| |Electrum|, |Ionia,| |c.| |600| |-| |550| |B.C.||hemihekte|
Unpublished in the standard references but we have handled a few and more are known from auction listings.
SH82715. Electrum hemihekte, Lydo-Milesian standard; cf. CNG auction (9 Mar 2016), lot 156; Elektron I 9; Weidauer -; Traité I -; SNG Kayhan -; Rosen -; Boston MFA -, VF, irregular flan, scratches, weight 1.151 g, maximum diameter 8.0 mm, uncertain Ionian mint, c. 600 - 550 B.C.; obverse crude scarab beetle(?); reverse incuse punch; very rare; SOLD


Ephesos, Ionia, c. 500 - 420 B.C.

|Ephesos|, |Ephesos,| |Ionia,| |c.| |500| |-| |420| |B.C.||drachm|
In 479 B.C., the Ionians, allied with Athens and Sparta, were able to oust the Persians from the shores of Asia Minor. In 478 B.C., the Ionian cities entered with Athens and Sparta into the Delian League. Ephesus did not contribute ships but gave financial support.
GS86219. Silver drachm, SNG Kayhan 140, SNGvA 7819, SNG Cop 210, SNG Tübingen 2758, Traité II, p. 1090, 1867 & pl. CLII, 12; BMC Ionia -, SNG Munchen -, Choice gVF, toned, well centered on a tight flan, weight 3.343 g, maximum diameter 15.1 mm, die axis 0o, Ephesos mint, c. 500 - 420 B.C.; obverse EΦ-EΣI-O-N, bee seen from above; reverse quadripartite incuse square, divided by thin raised bands, incuse quarters rough; rare issue with full ethnic; SOLD







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