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

|Ephesos|, |Ephesos,| |Ionia,| |c.| |340| |-| |325| |B.C.||hemidrachm|
In 356 B.C. the temple of Artemis was burned down, according to legend, by a lunatic called Herostratus. Ephesus planned a larger, grander temple and at once started rebuilding. When Alexander the Great defeated the Persian forces at the Battle of Granicus in 334 B.C., the Greek cities of Anatolia were liberated. The pro-Persian tyrant Syrpax and his family were stoned to death, and Alexander was greeted warmly when he entered Ephesus in triumph. When Alexander saw that the temple of Artemis was not yet finished, he proposed to finance it and have his name inscribed on the front. But the Ephesians demurred, saying it was not fitting for one god to build a temple to another.
GS94111. Silver hemidrachm, Karwiese Series VI, SNG Kayhan 247, SNG Keckman II 210, SNG Lockett 2806, SNG Munchen 22, SNG Cop -, SNGvA -, SNG Tub -, F, dark tone, light corrosion, die wear and cracks, tiny edge crack, weight 1.468 g, maximum diameter 12.1 mm, Ephesos mint, c. 340 - 325 B.C.; obverse bee with straight wings seen from above, E−Φ flanking head; reverse quadripartite incuse square, divided by thin raised bands, incuse quarters rough; $100.00 SALE |PRICE| $90.00
 


Ephesos, Ionia, c. 390 - 320 B.C.

|Ephesos|, |Ephesos,| |Ionia,| |c.| |390| |-| |320| |B.C.||diobol|
In 356 B.C. the temple of Artemis was burned down, according to legend, by a lunatic called Herostratus. Ephesus planned a larger, grander temple and at once started rebuilding. When Alexander the Great defeated the Persian forces at the Battle of Granicus in 334 B.C., the Greek cities of Anatolia were liberated. The pro-Persian tyrant Syrpax and his family were stoned to death, and Alexander was greeted warmly when he entered Ephesus in triumph. When Alexander saw that the temple of Artemis was not yet finished, he proposed to finance it and have his name inscribed on the front. But the Ephesians demurred, saying it was not fitting for one god to build a temple to another.
GS94115. Silver diobol, SNG Kayhan 194; SNG Cop 243; SNGvA 1835; SNG Munchen 32; BMC Ionia p. 53, 53, aVF, dark tone, off center on a tight flan, weight .0885 g, maximum diameter 9.5 mm, die axis 315o, Ephesos mint, c. 390 - 320 B.C.; obverse bee with straight wings, seen from above; reverse confronted heads of two stags, EΦ above; $70.00 SALE |PRICE| $63.00
 


Ephesos, Ionia, c. 550 - 500 B.C.

|Ephesos|, |Ephesos,| |Ionia,| |c.| |550| |-| |500| |B.C.||tetartemorion|
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.
GS94112. Silver tetartemorion, Karwiese Series IV, type 5; SNG Kayhan 134; SNG Cop 211 var. (no ethnic on obv.); SNG Keckman -, aVF, dark toning, etched surfaces, marks, edge chips, weight 0.171 g, maximum diameter 6.8 mm, die axis 270o, Ephesos mint, c. 550 - 500 B.C.; obverse bee with straight wings, E-Φ flanking head; reverse eagle head right, EΦ downward upper right; $60.00 SALE |PRICE| $54.00
 







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