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Ancient Coins of Halicarnassus, Caria

Halicarnassus was in southwest Caria on a picturesque, advantageous site on the Ceramic Gulf. It was famous for the tomb of Mausolus, built about 350 B.C., the origin of the word mausoleum, and one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. During Alexander the Great's siege of Halicarnassus in 334 B.C., the retreating Persians burned the city. Alexander failed to immediately take the citadel, but left it blockaded when he departed. Halicarnassus never fully recovered from the destruction of the siege. In the first century B.C., Cicero described it as almost deserted. The site is now occupied in part by the town of Bodrum; but the ancient walls can still be traced round nearly all their circuit, and the position of several of the temples, the theater, and other public buildings can be fixed with certainty.

Ptolemaic Kingdom, Ptolemy III Euergetes, 246 - 222 BC

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According to Ptolemaic bronze expert Daniel Wolf, "These coins are attributed by Svoronos to Ake-Ptolemaïs (Acre), but modern finds indicate they are most likely from the area near (modern) Bodrum in Turkey." Bodrum was called Halicarnassus, Caria in ancient times and was famous for housing the Mausoleum of Mausolus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
GP84507. Bronze dichalkon, Svoronos 793 (Ptolemy II, Ake-Ptolemais), Weiser 80 (Ptolemy III), BMC Ptolemies -, SNG Cop -, SNG Milan -, Noeske -, Malter -, Hosking -, F, green patina, earthen deposits, edge cracks, minor edge chipping, porosity, centration dimples, weight 3.405 g, maximum diameter 17.4 mm, die axis 0o, Caria (Halicarnassus?) mint, 246 - 222 B.C.; obverse diademed head of Zeus Ammon right; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΠTOΛEMAIOY, eagle standing half left atop fulmen, head left, wings closed, tripod in left field; from the Dr. Sam Mansourati Collection; $80.00 (€68.00)

Halikarnassos, Caria, 3rd - 2nd Century B.C.

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SH43366. Silver hemidrachm, SNG Cop 338, VF, attractive toning, weight 2.187 g, maximum diameter 15.7 mm, die axis 0o, Halikarnassos (Bodrum, Turkey) mint, obverse laureate head of Artemis right, bow and quiver at shoulder; reverse AΛIKAPNAΣΣEΩN, lyre; SOLD

Halikarnassos, Caria, 5th Century B.C.

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GA81394. Silver obol, SNG Keckman 39, gF, weight 0.768 g, maximum diameter 9.4 mm, die axis 90o, Halikarnassos (Bodrum, Turkey) mint, obverse forepart of Pegasos left; reverse AΛI, forepart of goat left; SOLD



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