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Aeolis

Aeolis was not originally a geographic term but a collective name for the cities in the region on the west coast of Asia Minor founded by the Aeolians, a branch of the Hellenic peoples. The twelve southern cities were grouped in the Aeolian League; these were Temnos, Smyrna, Pitane, Neonteichos, Aegirusa, Notium, Cilla or Killa, Cyme, Gryneum, Larissa, Myrina, and Aegae.

Myrina, Aeolis, mid 2nd Century B.C.

|Aeolis|, |Myrina,| |Aeolis,| |mid| |2nd| |Century| |B.C.||stephanophoric| |tetradrachm|
At the time this coin was issued, Myrina was a thriving town popular with tourists and known for its terracotta, glassware, and oysters. Today it is perhaps best known for these beautiful tetradrachms!
SH26471. Silver stephanophoric tetradrachm, Sacks 20, SNG Cop 223, SNG Lockett 2222, Pozzi 2306, SNGvA -, SNG Ash -, SNG Mün -, BMC Troas -, EF, weight 16.653 g, maximum diameter 33.1 mm, die axis 0o, Aiolis, Myrina (near Aliaga, Turkey) mint, obverse laureate head of Apollo right, hair braided, ribbons flowing behind; reverse MYPINAIΩN, Apollo Grynios advancing right holding patera and laurel branch with fillets; omphalos and amphora at feet; (ΠA monogram) left, all within laurel wreath; SOLD


Myrina, Aeolis, mid 2nd Century B.C.

|Aeolis|, |Myrina,| |Aeolis,| |mid| |2nd| |Century| |B.C.||stephanophoric| |tetradrachm|
At the time this coin was issued, Myrina was a thriving town popular with tourists and known for its terracotta, glassware, and oysters. The site of Myrina was discovered at the mouth of the river that was the ancient Pythicos, whose alluvia have covered what was the city's harbor. Excavations (1880-1882) brought to light about four thousand tombs, dating from the last two centuries B.C., in which were found numerous objects representing the divinities of the Greek pantheon; children's toys, reproductions of famous works, etc. Most of these may be seen today in the Museum of the Louvre.
SH26472. Silver stephanophoric tetradrachm, Sacks 20, SNG Cop 223, SNG Lockett 2222, Pozzi 2306, SNGvA -, SNG Ash -, SNG Mün -, BMC Troas -, EF, weight 17.030 g, maximum diameter 23.5 mm, die axis 0o, Aiolis, Myrina (near Aliaga, Turkey) mint, obverse laureate head of Apollo right, hair braided, ribbons flowing behind; reverse MYPINAIΩN, Apollo Grynios advancing right holding patera and laurel branch with fillets; omphalos and amphora at feet; (ΠA monogram) left, all within laurel wreath; SOLD


Gaius Asinius Gallus, Roman Proconsul of Asia, 6 - 5 B.C., Temnos, Aeolis

|Roman| |Asia|, |Gaius| |Asinius| |Gallus,| |Roman| |Proconsul| |of| |Asia,| |6| |-| |5| |B.C.,| |Temnos,| |Aeolis||AE| |16|
The larger denomination of the same series honored Augustus. On this coin Gallus gives himself the epithet Aγνος, meaning pure or holy! Later he was an ambitious and powerful senator. A foe of Tiberius, in 11 B.C. he married Tiberius' ex-wife, Vipsania. He was suspected of and never denied fathering Tiberius' son, Drusus the Younger. After Vipsania died, he courted the widow of Germanicus, Agrippina. In 30 A.D., Tiberius had him imprisoned and for three years kept him in solitary confinement and on the very edge of starvation until he died. To add further insult he was discredited by damnatio memoriae.
RP85944. Bronze AE 16, RPC I 2447 (23 spec.); SNG Cop 276; SNG Munchen 627; BMC Troas p. 146, 24; AMC I 1261; Waddington 1350; SNGvA -, VF, green patina, slightly off center on a broad flan, bumps and marks, areas of corrosion, light deposits, weight 3.514 g, maximum diameter 17.9 mm, die axis 0o, Temnos (Menemen?, Izmir, Turkey) mint, 5 B.C.; obverse ACINIOC ΓAΛΛOC AΓNOC, bare head of Asinius Gallus right; reverse APOΛΛAC ΦAINIOY TAMNITAN, head of Dionysos right, wreathed with ivy; scarce; SOLD







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