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Ephesos, Ionia (Turkey)

Ephesos, a city of great numismatic tradition, continued to strike cistophoric tetradrachms from Augustus to Claudius. During his bid for the throne, Vespasian opened the mint for denarii (rare) and aurei (extremely rare) production from 70 to 74 A.D. Mintmarks: EPHE.


Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D.

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The cistophorus was first struck by the Pergamene Kingdom was a tetradrachm (four-drachms coin) struck on a reduced Asian standard of about 3 grams per drachm. Its name was derived from the cista, a Dionysian cult snake basket that frequently appeared on the obverse. After the Pergamene Kingdom was bequeathed to Rome in 133 B.C., the Romans continued to strike cistophori for the Asia province, with a value equal to three denarii. The portrait of Augustus and later emperors replaced the cista on the obverse.
SH85434. Silver cistophoric tetradrachm, Sutherland Group VI, RPC I 2215, RIC I 479, RSC I 33, BnF I 922, BMCRE I 694, BMCRR East 262, SRCV I 1587, VF, full circles strike on a broad flan, light uneven toning, light encrustations, small closed edge crack, weight 11.660 g, maximum diameter 27.2 mm, die axis 0o, Ephesus mint, c. 24 - 20 B.C.; obverse IMP CAE-SAR (counterclockwise below), bare head right, linear border; reverse garlanded and filleted altar of Diana (artemis, ornamented on the front with two hinds standing confronted, AVGVSTVS above; $1200.00 (Ä1020.00)


Ephesos, Ionia, c. 305 - 288 B.C.

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Ephesus was on the coast of Ionia, three kilometers southwest of present-day Selcuk in Izmir Province, Turkey. It was built in the 10th century B.C. on the site of the former Arzawan capital by Attic and Ionian Greek colonists and was one of the twelve cities of the Ionian League. The city was famed for the Temple of Artemis, completed around 550 B.C. and 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.
GB86113. Bronze AE 11, BMC Ionia p. 55, 68; SNGvA 1839; SNG Cop 256; SNG Kayhan -, aVF, a little off center but most detail on flan, weight 1.306 g, maximum diameter 10.3 mm, Ephesos mint, c. 305 - 288 B.C.; obverse draped bust of Tyche left, wearing mural crown and drop earring; reverse bee with straight wings, seen from above, E − Φ flanking across field; SOLD







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