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Greek Silver Fractions


Kalchedon, Bithynia, c. 340 - 320 B.C.
Click for a larger photo The position of Chalcedon, on the eastern shore of the Bosporus, was not as favorable as that of Byzantion on the opposite side. The Persian Megabazus (Herod. iv. 144) said the founders of Chalcedon must have been blind, for Chalcedon was settled seventeen years before Byzantium; and the settlers, we must suppose, had the choice of the two places.
GS65752. Silver 1/10 siglos, SNG BM 124, SNGvA 485; cf. SNG Cop 350, SGCV II 3740, F, weight 0.775 g, maximum diameter 10.9 mm, die axis 180o, Kalchedon mint, c. 340 - 320 B.C.; obverse KA, bull standing left atop ear of grain; reverse quadripartite incuse square of mill-sail pattern, pebbled texture within incuse areas; $70.00 (€52.50)

Teos, Ionia, c. 475 - 450 B.C.
Click for a larger photo Teos was a flourishing seaport until about 540 B.C., when the Persian Emperor Cyrus the Great invaded Lydia and Ionia. The town survived but most of the citizens fled to the newly founded colonies of Abdera and Phanagoria. Under the Roman Empire, the town was noted for its wine, a theater and its Temple of Dionysus. The site is now farmland.
GS48379. Silver tetartemorion, Aeginetic standard, SNG Kayhan 601, F, weight 0.274 g, maximum diameter 7.6 mm, Teos mint, c. 475 - 450 B.C.; obverse Griffin seated right, left forepaw raised; reverse Quadripartite incuse square; $60.00 (€45.00)

Lesbos, c. 500 - 450 B.C.
Click for a larger photo A most unusual use of illusion on a coin. The two confronting boars' heads can also be viewed as the facing head of a panther.
GA59008. Billon obol, cf. SGCV II 3488, Rosen 542, SNGvA 7712, Traité 566; SNG München -, SNG Cop -, aVF, weight 1.046 g, maximum diameter 9.2 mm, Lesbos mint, c. 500 - 450 B.C.; obverse confronting boar heads, creating the illusion of a facing head of a panther; reverse tripartite incuse square punch; $60.00 (€45.00)

Laranda, Lycaonia, 4th Century B.C.
Click for a larger photo This type was minted with a progression of reverses, first with an incuse square, then a square border of dots, and finally with a circle of dots. The original archaic punch reverse gradually evolved into a regular die, nearly identical to an obverse die. This coin type is near the end of that evolution.
GA63047. Silver obol, SNG BnF 455 (uncertain Cilicia), cf. SNG Levante 224 (uncertain Cilicia, with crescent), Göktürk 57 (square reverse border), gF, weight 0.527 g, maximum diameter 10.5 mm, die axis 0o, Laranda mint, 4th Century B.C.; obverse Baal seated left, stalk of grain and bunch of grapes in right, long scepter vertical behind in left; reverse wolf forepart right, circle border of dots, no crescent; $60.00 (€45.00)

Halikarnassos(?), Caria, c. 400 - 340 B.C.
Click for a larger photo In Kadmos 37 (1998), K. Konuk identifies Halikarnassos as a possible reading of the ethnic Carian reverse legend. The ram’s head may be a symbol of Apollo as the god of flocks and herds.
GS66567. Silver hemiobol, SNG Keckman 883 ff., SNG Kayhan 993 ff., Klein 496-7, noted in Troxell Carians, aVF, weight 0.384 g, maximum diameter 7.8 mm, die axis 315o, Carian mint, c. 400 - 340 B.C; obverse head of ram right; reverse young male head right, ethnic legend (retrograde?) across lower fields; $60.00 (€45.00)

Byzantion, Thrace, 387 - 340 B.C.
Click for a larger photo Byzantion was founded by Greek colonists from Megara in 657 B.C. The city was rebuilt as the new capital of the Roman Empire by Constantine I in 330 A.D. and renamed Constantinople. It became the capital of the Ottoman Empire when it was conquered in 1453. Today it is Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey, and the country's economic, cultural, and historical heart.
GS65768. Silver hemidrachm, Schönert-Geiss Byzantion 815; SNG BM 16 ff. var (monogram); Klein 88; SNG Cop 484 var (monogram); BMC Thrace p. 94, 23 var (same), SGCV I 15, F, encrustations, struck with damaged obverse die, weight 1.834 g, maximum diameter 12.7 mm, die axis 225o, Byzantion mint, 387 - 340 B.C.; obverse forepart of cow standing left on dolphin left, right foreleg raised, BY above (the first letter is an archaic form of "B" used at Byzantium), monogram under foreleg; reverse ornamented trident head; $60.00 (€45.00)

Selge, Pisidia, 3rd Century B.C.
Click for a larger photo Selge, Pisidia on the southern slope of Mount Taurus where the river Eurymedon (Köprüçay) 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.
GS68407. Silver trihemiobol, SGCV II 5478, SNG Cop 246, SNGvA 5278, BMC Pisidia p. 259, 23 ff., aVF, weight 0.846 g, maximum diameter 9.6 mm, die axis 180o, Selge mint, 3rd Century B.C.; obverse facing Gorgoneion; reverse head of Athena right in crested helmet, astragalos behind; $60.00 (€45.00)

Macedonia, c. 168 B.C, Imitative of Type from Histiaia, North Euboea, Greece, 2nd Century B.C.
Click for a larger photo Sear notes crude Histiaia imitations seem to have been struck in Macedonia just prior to the Roman victory in 168 B.C. During the Republic, Roman military mints sometimes struck imitative types to make local payments. Examples include Thasian imitatives in Macedonia and Philip Philadelphos imitatives at Antioch. Perhaps this imitative is a Roman military issue.
GS68539. Silver tetrobol, See SGCV I p. 233 note following #2498 regarding imitatives of a 2nd century B.C. type from Histiaia, North Euboea, Greece, VF, weight 2.144 g, maximum diameter 15.1 mm, die axis 315o, Roman military(?) mint, c. 168 B.C.; obverse head of nymph Histiaia right, wreathed with vine, hair rolled; reverse IΣTIAEΩN, nymph Histiaia seated right on galley; $60.00 (€45.00)

Halikarnassos(?), Caria, c. 400 - 340 B.C.
Click for a larger photo In Kadmos 37 (1998), K. Konuk identifies Halikarnassos as a possible reading of the ethnic Carian reverse legend. The ram’s head may be a symbol of Apollo as the god of flocks and herds.
GS67171. Silver hemiobol, SNG Keckman 883 ff., SNG Kayhan 993 ff., Klein 496-7, noted in Troxell Carians, VF, weight 0.333 g, maximum diameter 7.0 mm, die axis 315o, Carian mint, c. 400 - 340 B.C; obverse head of ram right; reverse young male head right, ethnic legend (resembles A-S) across lower fields; $50.00 (€37.50)

Halikarnassos(?), Caria, c. 400 - 340 B.C.
Click for a larger photo In Kadmos 37 (1998), K. Konuk identifies Halikarnassos as a possible reading of the ethnic Carian reverse legend. The ram’s head may be a symbol of Apollo as the god of flocks and herds.
GS66565. Silver hemiobol, SNG Keckman 883 ff., SNG Kayhan 993 ff., Klein 496-7, noted in Troxell Carians, F, toned, weight 0.486 g, maximum diameter 7.6 mm, die axis 180o, Carian mint, c. 400 - 340 B.C; obverse head of ram right; reverse young male head right, ethnic legend (resembles A-S) across lower fields (off flan); $50.00 (€37.50)



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