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Miletos was an ancient Greek city on the western coast of Anatolia, near the mouth of the Maeander River in ancient Caria. By the 6th century B.C., Miletus had earned a maritime empire with many colonies, but brushed up against powerful Lydia at home, and the tyrant Polycrates of its neighbor to the west, Samos. When Cyrus of Persia defeated Croesus of Lydia in the middle of the 6th century B.C., Miletus fell under Persian rule. Miletos, along with most of Anatolia, was taken from Persia by Alexander the Great in 334 B.C. Miletos' greatest wealth and splendor was reached during the Hellenistic era and Roman times. Its ruins are located near the modern town of Balat in Aydin Province, Turkey. The symbols found on coins of Miletos include the lion, a star, and Apollo.
Claudius, 25 January 41 - 13 October 54 A.D., Miletos, Ionia
The New Testament mentions Miletus as the site where the Apostle Paul in 57 A.D. met with the elders of the church of Ephesus near the close of his Third Missionary Journey, as recorded in Acts of the Apostles (Acts 20:15?38). It is believed that Paul stopped by the Great Harbor Monument and sat on its steps. He may have met the Ephesian elders there and then bid them farewell on the nearby beach. Miletus is also the city where Paul left Trophimus, one of his travel ling companions, to recover from an illness (2 Timothy 4:20). Because this cannot be the same visit as Acts 20 (in which Trophimus accompanied Paul all the way to Jerusalem, according to Acts 21:29), Paul must have made at least one additional visit to Miletus, perhaps as late as 65 or 66. Paul's previous successful three-year ministry in nearby Ephesus resulted in the evangelization of the entire province of Asia (see Acts 19:10, 20; 1 Corinthians 16:9). It is safe to assume that at least by the time of the apostle's second visit to Miletus, a fledgling Christian community was established in Miletus. RP86540. Billon AE 22, RPC I 2710 (6 specimens); SNG Cop 1008; SNG Tübingen 3083; BMC Ionia p. 198, 147; SNGvA -; SNG München -, VF, attractive style, near black dark patina, scratches, reverse slightly off center, weight 5.875 g, maximum diameter 21.5 mm, die axis 0o, Miletos (near Balat, Turkey) mint, 25 Jan 41 - 13 Oct 54 A.D.; obverse ΣEBAΣTOΣ (counterclockwise behind), laureate head right, star of eight rays before; reverse male lion walking right on exergue line, head turned back left looking at star of eight rays above, MIΛH-ΣIΩN (starting in exergue, then counterclockwise on right); not even a single of auction recorded for this type on Coin Archives; from the David Cannon Collection, ex Beast Coins; extremely rare; $460.00 (€391.00) ON RESERVE
Miletos, Ionia, c. 225 - 195 B.C.
We were unable to find another example with this monogram or magistrate's name.GB71996. Bronze AE 13, apparently unpublished; cf. Deppert-Lippitz 715 ff. (different monogram, etc.); SNG Cop 985 (obscure monogram, etc.); BMC Ionia -, F, green patina, encrustations, a few tiny patina chips, weight 1.590 g, maximum diameter 12.7 mm, die axis 45o, Miletos (near Balat, Turkey) mint, c. 225 - 195 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right; reverselion standing right, looking back at star of eight rays, MI (Miletos) monogram over second monogram on right, magistrate's name (KAΨNIOΣ?) in exergue; unique(?); $90.00 (€76.50)
Miletos, Ionia, c. Late 6th Century B.C.
One of the earliest coins struck in silver. GA86519. Silver diobol, SNG Kayhan 476; SNGvA 2080; SNG Cop 944; SNG München 707; SNG Keckman 273; BMC Ionia p 185, 22; Klein 424; SGCV II 3532, VF, toned, obverse off center, some porosity, weight 1.126 g, maximum diameter 9.1 mm, die axis 0o, Miletos (near Balat, Turkey) mint, c. late 6th century B.C.; obverse forepart of lion right, head turned back left; reverse ornamental pattern in incuse square; from the David Cannon Collection, ex Beast Coins; $85.00 (€72.25)
Miletos, Ionia, c. 225 - 195 B.C.
The ME monogram is listed in Deppert-Lippitz on drachms issued by the magistrates EYKΛEI∆HΣ (Eukleides) and TYXΩN (Tychon), but the bronze is apparently unpublished. The magistrate's name on our coin is obscure.GB90766. Bronze AE 14, apparently unpublished; cf. Deppert-Lippitz 715 ff. (different monogram, etc.); SNG Cop 985 (obscure monogram, etc.); BMC Ionia -, F, weight 2.157 g, maximum diameter 14.2 mm, die axis 0o, Miletos (near Balat, Turkey) mint, c. 225 - 195 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right; reverselion standing right, looking back at star of eight rays, no exergue line, MI (Miletos) monogram over ME monogram right, magistrate's name below; ex Forum (2010); very rare; $45.00 (€38.25)
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