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Ainos, Thrace, c. 440 - 412 B.C.
Aenus, Enez, Turkey today, was on the southeastern coast of Thrace, near the mouth of the Hebrus River, not far from the Melas Gulf (modern Gulf of Saros), which is formed by the Thracian Chersonesus to the east. The city was said to be founded (or at least settled) by Aeolian migrants from Lesbos. Its mythical and eponymous founder was said to be Aeneus, a son of the god Apollo and father of Cyzicus. Another mythical ruler, named Poltys, son of Poseidon, entertained Heracles when he came to Aenus. In the Iliad, Homer mentions that the leaders of Troy's Thracian allies, Acamas and Peiros, came from Aenus.
GS87868. Silver diobol
, May Ainos
176 ff., AMNG II
303, SNG Cop
405, SNG Lockett
3892, VF, toned
, well centered
on a tight flan
, porous, Ainos (Enez, Turkey) mint, weight
1.133g, maximum diameter
10.5mm, die axis
, c. 440 - 412 B.C.; obverse head
right, wearing petasos
AIN, goat standing to right, coiled snake (control symbol) lower right, all withing incuse
square; ex Pegasi
Numismatics, ex Beast Coins; scarce
Catalog current as of Thursday, May 23, 2019.
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