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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Anatolia| > |Ionia| > |Ephesos| > GA96762
Ephesos, c. 500 - 420 B.C.
|Ephesos|, |Ephesos,| |c.| |500| |-| |420| |B.C.|, NEWEphesos, on the west coast of Anatolia, was one of the 12 cities of the Ionian League. It 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 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 of Asia cited in the Book of Revelation and the Gospel of John may have been written there.
GA96762. Silver tetartemorion, Karwiese series IV, type| 5 (5 spec.); SNG Kayhan 135; BMC Ionia p. 50, 24; SNG Keckman -, VF, dark tone, tight flan (as typical for the type), Ephesos mint, weight 0.188g, maximum diameter 6.7mm, die axis 180o, c. 500 - 420 B.C.; obverse Bee seen from above, E-Φ flanking bee's head, front legs not visible, rear legs clearly articulated, wide-open slightly curved wings extending beyond border of dots; reverse head of eagle right, EΦ downward upper right, all within an incuse square; ex CNG e-auction 459 (8 Jan 2020), lot 227; ex Asher D. Atchick Collection; ex CNG e-auction 11 (4 Sep 2000), lot 60373; $90.00




  







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