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Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Anatolia| > |Troas| > GS91349
Abydos, Troas, 4th Century B.C.
Abydos is located on the Asiatic shore of the Hellespont (Dardanelles), at the shortest crossing point, scarcely a mile across from Sestus on the European side. In the Iliad, Abydos was an ally of the Trojans (Iliad ii.836) and it is the mythical home of Leander. Persians occupied it in 514 B.C. and Darius burned it in 512. When he invaded Greece in 480 B.C., Xerxes built his two bridges of boats across the strait from Abydos. Abydos became a member of the Delian League, but revolted against Athens in 411 B.C. It allied itself to Sparta, until 394 B.C. Then it passed under Achaemenid rule until 334. Alexander the Great threw a spear to Abydos while crossing the strait and claimed Asia as his own. Abydos is celebrated for the vigorous resistance it made against Philip V of Macedon in 200 B.C. The city minted coins from the early fifth century B.C. to the mid-third century A.D.
GS91349. Silver hemidrachm, SNG Berry 979; SNG Cop 9; BMC Troas p. 3, 17; SNG München 12 (club in exergue); SNGvA -, gF, well centered on a tight flan, toned, minor deposits, Abydos mint, weight 2.519g, maximum diameter 14.3mm, die axis 0o, magistrate Efaistoleos, 4th century B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right; reverse ABY, eagle standing right, Nike holding wreath flying left (control symbol) lower left, HΦAIΣTOΛEΩΣ (magistrate name) downward on right, club(?) left below; $120.00




  






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