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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.

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

|Halikarnassus|, |Halikarnassos,| |Caria,| |3rd| |-| |2nd| |Century| |B.C.|, |hemidrachm|
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, c. 400 - 387 B.C.

|Halikarnassus|, |Halikarnassos,| |Caria,| |c.| |400| |-| |387| |B.C.|, |drachm|
Halicarnassus was in southwest Caria on a picturesque, advantageous site on the Ceramic Gulf. It was famous for the tomb of Mausolus, the origin of the word mausoleum, built between 353 B.C. and 350 B.C., and one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. It was part of the Persian Empire until captured by Alexander the Great at the siege of Halicarnassus in 334 B.C. 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.
GS86730. Silver drachm, Hecatomnus 5 (A4/P5); SNG Keckman 40; SNG Kayhan 759; BMC Caria p. 102, 3; SNG Cop -, VF, rough, corrosion, lamination defects, weight 3.214 g, maximum diameter 15.5 mm, die axis 0o, Halikarnassos (Bodrum, Turkey) mint, c. 400 - 387 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo facing slightly right; reverse eagle standing right, wings open, AΛIKAP upper left, olive sprig lower right, all within an incuse square; scarce; SOLD


Halikarnassos, Caria, 5th Century B.C.

|Halikarnassus|, |Halikarnassos,| |Caria,| |5th| |Century| |B.C.|, |obol|
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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