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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Anatolia| > |Ionia| > |Colophon| > GA96768
Kolophon, Ionia, c. 450 - 410 B.C.
|Colophon|, |Kolophon,| |Ionia,| |c.| |450| |-| |410| |B.C.|, Colophon, founded around the turn of the first millennium B.C., was one of the oldest of the twelve cities of the Ionian League. Located between Lebedos (19km to the west) and Ephesus (11 km to its south), today its ruins are south of Degirmendere Fev in Izmir Province, Turkey. Colophon was once the strongest of the Ionian cities and renowned both for its cavalry and for the inhabitants' luxurious lifestyle. After Gyges of Lydia conquered it in the 7th century B.C., Colophon went into decline and was eclipsed by neighboring Ephesus and by the rising naval power of Ionia, Miletus.
GA96768. Silver tetartemorion, Milne Kolophon 7, SNG Cop 133, SNGvA 1999, SNG Kayhan 356, Rosen 567, VF, toned, die wear, edge crack, Kolophon (near Degirmendere Fev, Turkey) mint, weight 0.229g, maximum diameter 6.3mm, die axis 180o, c. 450 - 410 B.C.; obverse laureate and veiled head of Apollo facing; reverse TE monogram (tetartemorion) within incuse square; $85.00










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