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Geese on Ancient Coins

Ionia, c. 540 - 520 B.C.

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Very rare early electrum fraction.
SH21302. Electrum 1/36th stater, Mitchiner ATEC I, p. 391, 845, F/VF, weight 0.419 g, maximum diameter 5.67 mm, uncertain mint, c. 600 B.C.; obverse goose; reverse incuse square punch with three pellets; nice gold color; very rare; SOLD


Eion, Macedonia, c. 500 - 480 B.C.

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Certificate of Authenticity issued by David R. Sear.

Eion was only about three miles from Amphipolis and from the late 5th century onwards served merely as a seaport of its much larger neighbor. The denomination is variously described as a diobol or trihemiobol. The significance of the obverse type is not clear, but presumably makes reference to the characteristic fauna of the region at that time.
SH10950. Silver diobol, BMC Macedonia p 74, 14; SNG ANS 288 var. (no H below); Babelon Traitť 1732 and pl. LV, 10 var., attractive VF, good detail, weight .83 g, maximum diameter 12.49 mm, Eion mint, obverse goose standing right, looking back, lizard above, H below bird's breast; reverse quadripartite incuse square; SOLD


Eion, Macedonia, c. 500 - 437 B.C.

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Eion was only about three miles from Amphipolis and from the late 5th century onwards served merely as a seaport of its much larger neighbor. The denomination is variously described as a diobol or trihemiobol. The significance of the obverse type is not clear, but presumably makes reference to the characteristic fauna of the region at that time.
GS68545. Silver trihemiobol, SNG ANS 280 - 283, SNG Cop 180 corr., SNG Berry 29, Klein 151, BMC Macedonia p. 75, 21, VF, weight 0.926 g, maximum diameter 13.4 mm, die axis 90o, Eion mint, c. 500 - 437 B.C.; obverse goose standing right, looking back, lizard above; reverse quadripartite incuse square; SOLD


Eion, Macedonia, c. 460 - 400 B.C.

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Eion was only about three miles from Amphipolis and from the late 5th century onwards served merely as a seaport of its much larger neighbor. The denomination is variously described as a diobol or trihemiobol. The significance of the obverse type is not clear, but presumably makes reference to the characteristic fauna of the region at that time.
GA85754. Silver trihemiobol, SNG ANS 285 (same dies); BMC Macedonia p. 73, 9; AMNG III/2, p. 140, 38 & pl. XXVII, 19; HGC 3.1 521; SNG Cop 177 var. (H control), VF, well centered, etched surfaces, edge crack, weight 0.778 g, maximum diameter 12.0 mm, die axis 0o, Eion mint, c. 460 - 400 B.C.; obverse goose standing right, head left looking back, lizard above, A (control) lower left behind legs; reverse quadripartite incuse square; SOLD


Eion, Macedonia, c. 470 - 460 B.C.

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Published examples of this type are about twice the weight of this coin and identified as diobols and trihemiobols. Our coin might be an underweight diobol or trihemiobol, but the weight is closer to an obol.

Eion was only about 3 miles from Amphipolis and after the 5th century was merely a seaport of its large neighbor. The denomination is either a diobol or trihemiobol. The significance of the obverse type is not clear, but presumably makes reference to the characteristic fauna of the region at that time.
GA79647. Silver obol, cf. SNG ANS 275; McClean 3084; BMC Macedonia p. 75, 21; AMNG III/2, p. 140, 37 (diobols and trihemiobols), VF, etched surfaces, weight 0.664 g, maximum diameter 10.4 mm, Eion mint, c. 470 - 460 B.C.; obverse goose standing right, on decorated base, left leg raised, head turned back, lizard left above, Θ lower left; reverse rough mill sail incuse pattern; SOLD


Eion, Macedonia, c. 500 - 437 B.C.

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Eion was only about three miles from Amphipolis and from the late 5th century onwards served merely as a seaport of its much larger neighbor. The denomination is variously described as a diobol or trihemiobol. The significance of the obverse type is not clear, but presumably makes reference to the characteristic fauna of the region at that time.
GA77599. Silver trihemiobol, SNG ANS 280 - 283, SNG Cop 180 corr., SNG Berry 29, Klein 151, BMC Macedonia p. 75, 21, aVF, well centered, light toning, edge split, porous, weight 0.661 g, maximum diameter 11.5 mm, Eion mint, c. 500 - 437 B.C.; obverse goose standing right, looking back, lizard above; reverse quadripartite incuse square; SOLD


Eion, Macedonia, c. 500 - 480 B.C.

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Published examples of this type are about twice the weight of this coin and identified as diobols and trihemiobols. Our coin might be an underweight diobol or trihemiobol, but the weight is closer to an obol.

Eion was only about 3 miles from Amphipolis and after the 5th century was merely a seaport of its large neighbor. The denomination is either a diobol or trihemiobol. The significance of the obverse type is not clear, but presumably makes reference to the characteristic fauna of the region at that time.
GS86791. Silver diobol, SNG Cop 175; SNG ANS 277; BMC Macedonia p. 73, 5, VF, centered, porosity, edge crack, weight 1.033 g, maximum diameter 10.1 mm, die axis 0o, Eion mint, c. 500 - 480 B.C.; obverse goose standing right, left leg raised, head turned back, lizard left above; reverse mill-sail incuse square; SOLD


Eion, Macedonia, c. 500 - 480 B.C.

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Eion was only about three miles from Amphipolis and from the late 5th century onwards served merely as a seaport of its much larger neighbor. The denomination is variously described as a diobol or trihemiobol. The significance of the obverse type is not clear, but presumably makes reference to the characteristic fauna of the region at that time.
GS53717. Silver diobol, SNG Cop 175; SNG ANS 277; BMC Macedonia p. 73, 5, VF, toned, weight 0.925 g, maximum diameter 10.5 mm, Eion mint, c. 500 - 480 B.C.; obverse goose standing right, looking back, lizard above; reverse quadripartite incuse square; SOLD


Eion, Macedonia, c. 460 - 400 B.C.

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Eion was only about three miles from Amphipolis and from the late 5th century onwards served merely as a seaport of its much larger neighbor. The denomination is variously described as a diobol or trihemiobol. The significance of the obverse type is not clear, but presumably makes reference to the characteristic fauna of the region at that time.
GA85755. Silver trihemiobol, SNG ANS 281, SNG Berry 29, Klein 151, BMC Macedonia p. 75, 21, SNG Cop 180 corr. (says H below, none on plate); HGC 3.1 521, VF, well centered on a broad flan, etched and porous surfaces, edge cracks, weight 0.882 g, maximum diameter 12.1 mm, die axis 0o, Eion mint, c. 460 - 400 B.C.; obverse goose standing right, looking back, lizard above, no control letter; reverse quadripartite incuse square; SOLD


Caria, Uncertain City (probably Mylasa), c. 420 - 390 B.C.

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This extremely tiny coin is from the time before bronze coinage was invented and accepted. Since even a dime sized silver coin was more than a full days pay for a laborer, very tiny silver coins were struck, intended for small everyday transactions. These coins were, however, too small to be practical. They were far too easy to lose. Production of these tiny silver coins ended immediately after bronze coinage was adapted for small transactions.
GA76794. Silver tetartemorion, SNG Kayhan 940 - 943, SNG Keckman I 926, VF, toned, porous, light deposits, weight 0.150 g, maximum diameter 5.7 mm, die axis 165o, Carian mint, c. 420 - 390 B.C.; obverse forepart of lion right, head turned back left, right foreleg and paw visible below head; reverse bird standing left within incuse square; SOLD




  




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