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Lesbos, c. 550 - 480 B.C.
Lesbos, the third largest Greek island, in the NE Aegean Sea, is separated from Turkey by the narrow Mytilini Strait. Greek emigrants probably started arriving in the Late Bronze Age. When Cyrus defeated Croesus in 546 B.C. the island became subject to Persia, until the Persians were defeated by the Greeks at the Battle of Salamis in 480 B.C. The most powerful cities were Mytilene and Methymna. In addition to the local coins bearing the names of the various Lesbian cities, there were two important coinages, one in billon and another in electrum, both of which circulated throughout the island.
GA88107. Billon 1/24 stater, BMC Troas p. 155, 57; cf. HGC 6 1091 (R2, 1/16 stater); SNG Cop -; SNGvA -; SNG München -; Rosen -, F, rough, porous, edge cracks, uncertain Koinon mint, weight 0.471g, maximum diameter 7.2mm, c. 550 - 480 B.C.; obverse Head of Apollo left, wearing tainia; reverse quadripartite incuse square; very rare
Catalog current as of Friday, August 23, 2019.
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