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Miletos, Ionia

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.Miletus Bay


Miletos, Ionia, c. Late 6th Century B.C.

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Before the Persian invasion in the middle of the 6th century B.C., Miletus was the greatest and wealthiest of Greek cities and had a maritime empire with many colonies. After Cyrus of Persia defeated Croesus of Lydia in the middle of the 6th century B.C., Miletus fell under Persian rule.
GA85711. Silver 1/12 stater, SNG Kayhan 476; SNG Cop 944; BMC Ionia p 185, 22; SGCV II 3532, Choice EF, toned, light marks, slight porosity, weight 1.179 g, maximum diameter 10 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; $200.00 (€170.00)
 


Miletos, Ionia, c. Late 6th Century B.C.

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One of the earliest coins struck in silver.
GA85712. Silver 1/12 stater, SNG Kayhan 476; SNG Cop 944; BMC Ionia p 185, 22; SGCV II 3532, Choice EF, toned, weight 1.044 g, maximum diameter 8.8 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; $170.00 (€144.50)
 


Miletos, Ionia, c. 225 - 195 B.C.

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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 Bronze AE 13, apparently unpublished; cf.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; reverse lion 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)
 


Claudius II Gothicus, September 268 - August or September 270 A.D.

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This coin is dedicated to the goddess Fides for her good quality of preserving the public peace by keeping the army true to its allegiance.
RA85621. Billon antoninianus, MER-RIC temp 57 (277 spec.), RIC V 149, Hunter VI 54, Normanby 1025, Venèra 9251-9277, Cunetio 2259, Colonne 451, SRCV III 11335, Cohen VI 88, EF, well centered and struck, tight flan, light deposits, flan crack, weight 3.415 g, maximum diameter 18.7 mm, die axis 0o, 2nd officina, Mediolanum (Milan, Italy) mint, 2nd-3rd issue, mid 269 – spring 270 A.D.; obverse IMP CLAVDIVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse FIDES MILIT (the loyalty of the soldiers), Fides standing slightly left, holding two flanking standards, one in each hand, S in exergue; $50.00 (€42.50)
 


Miletos, Ionia, c. 225 - 195 B.C.

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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; reverse lion 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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