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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Anatolia| > |Ionia| > |Phokaia| > GS91377
Phokaia, Ionia, c. 387 - 246 B.C.
|Phokaia|, |Phokaia,| |Ionia,| |c.| |387| |-| |246| |B.C.|, Phocaea, or Phokaia, was the northernmost Ionian city, on the boundary with Aeolis. The Phocaeans were the first Greeks to make long sea-voyages, developed a thriving seafaring economy, became a great naval power, and founded the colonies Massalia (Marseille, France), Emporion (Empķries, Spain) and Elea (Velia, Italy). They remained independent until all of mainland Ionia fell to Croesus of Lydia (c. 560-545 B.C.). In 546 B.C., Lydia was conquered by Cyrus the Great of Persia. After the Greeks defeated Xerxes I, Phocaea joined the Delian League, but later rebelled with the rest of Ionia. In 387 B.C., Phocaea returned to Persian control. After Alexander, it fell under Seleucid, then Attalid, and finally Roman rule.
GS91377. Silver hemidrachm, Ashton-Kinns I 2 (O1/R2), SNG Munchen 812, Waddington 1892, SNG Cop -, SNGvA -, F, toned, rough, edge flaws, Phokaia (Foca, Turkey) mint, weight 1.915g, maximum diameter 13.3mm, die axis 315o, c. 387 - 246 B.C.; obverse head of Athena left in crested Attic helmet, bowl wreathed in olive leaf; reverse griffin head left, AΘ monogram left; rare; SOLD











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