, March or April 177 - 31 December 192 A.D., and
celebrating the between and .SH90561. Brass , 1546; -; -; -; -; -, aF, rough, pitted, varnished, 30.353 g, maximum 41.5 mm, 0o, (Bergama, Turkey) mint, P. Pius, 180 - 182 A.D.; AV KAI M AVPH KOMMO∆OC, laureate and draped right, from behind, oval ( ?); EΠI CTP Π AI ΠIOY KOINON OMONOIA, Asklepios on left, standing slightly right, snake entwined staff in right hand; cult statue of of on left, standing facing, wearing and veil, arms extended with supports; ΠEPΓAMHNΩN KAI EΦECIΩN in ; HUGE 41mm !; very ; $140.00 (€124.60)
, , c. 280 - 258 B.C.
, on the coast of Anatolia, was one of the twelve cities of the League. It was famous for its Temple of , completed around 550 B.C., one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The cult image of the Ephesian goddess has a mummy-like body with the feet placed close together, is many-breasted, and from each of her hangs a long with tassels at the ends. At her side stands a stag raising its to the image of the goddess. The usual of this nature-goddess are the torch, stag, and the bee. Coins of most frequently depict a bee on the . The high-priest of the temple of was called the Bee, while the virgin priestesses were called honey-bees (Melissae). was one of the seven churches of cited in the Book of Revelation and the Gospel of John may have been written there.
GB76117. Bronze AE 15, cf. p. 58, 83 ff.; 268 - 269 var. (same), gF, nice green , 3.346 g, maximum 15.2 mm, 0o, mint, c. 280 - 258 B.C.; bee from above, within laurel , E−Φ flanking ; stag feeding right, quiver above, magistrate's name (obscure) in ; $80.00 (€71.20)
, , Phanes, c. 625 - 600 B.C.
Known to be among the oldest coins because a hemihekte from the issue was found in the foundation of the temple of at . Seven different denominations are linked by the stag , a common , and die links. The stag is a symbol of and thus of . The two larger denominations bear the name Phanes, who was likely a prominent citizen of , perhaps a despot, a magistrate, or a wealthy money-lender.GA59457.
1/48th , 778, 10, -; -, -, VF, 0.211 g, maximum 5.0 mm, of stag right; irregular pattern within square ; probably less than 20 known to exist; very ; SOLD
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