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Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Anatolia| > |Ionia| > |Ephesos| > GB89003
Ephesos, Ionia, c. 387 - 295 B.C.
Ephesos, on the west coast of Anatolia, was famous for its Temple of Artemis, completed around 550 B.C., one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The usual symbols of this nature-goddess and the city are the torch, stag, and the bee. Coins of Ephesos most frequently depict a bee on the obverse. The high-priest of the temple of Artemis was called the King Bee, while the virgin priestesses were called honey-bees (Melissae). Ephesus was one of the seven churches cited in the Book of Revelation and the Gospel of John may have been written there.
GB89003. Bronze AE 10, cf. SNG Cop 254 - 255; SNG MŁnchen 49; BMC Ionia -, SNGvA -, SNG TŁbingen - SNG Kayhan -, Ephesos mint, weight 0.978g, maximum diameter 10.0mm, die axis 0o, c. 387 - 295 B.C.; obverse bee with straight wings seen from above, E-Φ flanking high across field; reverse stag kneeling left, head turned back right, astragalos (sheep or goat knuckle bone used for divination) above, magistrate name upward on left (obscure); SOLD

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