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Griffins on Ancient Coins

The griffin, griffon, or gryphon is a legendary creature with the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle. As the lion was traditionally considered the king of the beasts and the eagle was the king of the birds, the griffin was thought to be an especially powerful and majestic creature. Griffins are normally known for guarding treasure and well valued priceless possession.

Cilicia, Tarsos, c. 425 - 400 B.C., Ancient Counterfeit

|Cilicia|, |Cilicia,| |Tarsos,| |c.| |425| |-| |400| |B.C.,| |Ancient| |Counterfeit||obol|
Tarsus is a historic city in south-central Turkey, 20 km inland from the Mediterranean. With a history going back over 6,000 years, Tarsus has long been an important stop for traders and a focal point of many civilizations. During the Roman Empire, Tarsus was the capital of the province of Cilicia, the scene of the first meeting between Mark Antony and Cleopatra, and the birthplace of Paul the Apostle.
GS90992. Fouree silver plated obol, cf. SNG France 207, Traité II 530bis (official civic issue, silver, square dot border within rev. incuse), VF, minor plating breaks, scratches, weight 0.726 g, maximum diameter 8.4 mm, die axis 0o, unofficial counterfeiter's mint, c. 425 - 400 B.C.; obverse forepart of a winged animal (griffin?) left; reverse ankh-like Persian dynastic symbol, within incuse square; very rare; $110.00 (€90.20)
 


Abdera, Thrace, 386 - 375 B.C.

|Abdera|, |Abdera,| |Thrace,| |386| |-| |375| |B.C.||tetrobol|
In 408 B.C., Abdera was brought under the dominion of Athens. Sacked by Thracian tribes in 376 B.C., the town survived due to the Athenian support.
SH19465. Silver tetrobol, May Abdera 456, SNG Cop 338, aEF, weight 2.793 g, maximum diameter 14.41 mm, die axis 180o, Abdera mint, magistrate Athinis, 386 - 375 B.C.; obverse griffin leaping/flying left; reverse A−ΘH/N−HΣ, stag standing left within incuse square; rare; SOLD


Abdera, Thrace, 386 - 375 B.C.

|Abdera|, |Abdera,| |Thrace,| |386| |-| |375| |B.C.||drachm|
A wealthy city and thus a valuable prize, Abdera was repeatedly sacked: by the Triballi in 376 B.C., Philip II of Macedon in 350 B.C.; later by Lysimachos of Thrace, the Seleucids, the Ptolemies, and again by the Macedonians. In 170 B.C., the Roman armies and those of Eumenes II of Pergamon besieged and sacked it.
GS66822. Silver drachm, May Abdera 405 (A282/P331), VF, sensuous style, weight 2.875 g, maximum diameter 14.5 mm, die axis 180o, Abdera mint, 386 - 375 B.C.; obverse griffin springing left, spiky bristle mane, raised curled tail; reverse MOΛΠAΓOΠHΣ, head of young Dionysos left, wearing wreath of ivy with berries clustered over brow, hair in long loses locks down the back of neck with single ringlet before ear, slightly concave field; SOLD







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