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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Anatolia| > |Bithynia| > GB110039
Kios, Bithynia, c. 340 - 330 B.C.
|Bithynia|, |Kios,| |Bithynia,| |c.| |340| |-| |330| |B.C.|, NEWThis type is published in two larger denominations, a half siglos (or hemidrachm) and a quarter siglos (or trihemiobol), and both were struck by the magistrate Athenodoros, and other magistrates. We do not know of another 1/8 siglos (or obol) of the type; not from any of the magistrates. Traditionally, the earliest precious metal coinage of Kios has been dated after Alexander the Great's capture of Kios in 334 B.C. More recently, however, Oliver Hoover and other numismatists suggest these Apollo / Prow types were struck on a Persic standard and were probably minted to pay mercenaries to defend against Alexander's invasion, which began in 336 B.C.
GB110039. Silver 1/8 siglos (or obol), Apparently unpublished, cf. Rec Gen p. 313, 4 & pl. XLIX, 21; BMC Pontus p. 131, 15; HGC 7 554 (all trihemiobols), aVF, toned, centered on a tight flan, porous, Kios (near Gemlik, Turkey) mint, weight 0.527g, maximum diameter 8.2mm, die axis 225o, c. 340 - 330 B.C.; obverse head of Apollo right; reverse AΘHNO∆ΩPOΣ (Athenodoros), galley prow left, apotropaic eye on side of hull, magistrates name in two lines above and below; zero sales of this type listed on Coin Archives in the last two decades, no other specimens known to FORVM; extremely rare; SOLD




  







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