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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.

Kyme, Aiolis, 2nd - 1st Century B.C.

|Aeolis|, |Kyme,| |Aiolis,| |2nd| |-| |1st| |Century| |B.C.||AE| |18|
Cyme, one of the oldest Aeolian cities, was probably a colony of Cyme in Euboea, though according to tradition it was founded by the Amazon Kyme. Its large capable port was a valuable maritime asset to the Persian Empire, contributing ships to Dareios in 512 B.C. and to Xerxes in 480 B.C. After the Battle of Salamis, the remnants of Xerxes' fleet wintered at Cyme. After Persia, Aeolis was held successively by the Macedonians, Seleucids, Pergamenes, Romans, Byzantine, and Ottomans.
GB111771. Bronze AE 18, BMC Troas, p. 113, 90; SNG Cop 106; SNGvA 1641; SNG Ashmolean 1416, gVF, well centered, encrustations, marks, weight 4.477 g, maximum diameter 17.9 mm, die axis 0o, Kyme (near Nemrut Limani, Turkey) mint, 2nd - 1st century B.C.; obverse draped bust of Artemis right, bow and quiver at shoulder; reverse oinochoe (one-handled vase), between two laurel branches, KY above, A-ΠA/T-OY/P-I/O-Σ across lower field; $90.00 SALE PRICE $81.00


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 Mn -, 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 Mn -, 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


Caius and Lucius Caesars, c. 10 - 1 B.C., Aigai, Aiolis

|Caius| |&| |Lucius|, |Caius| |and| |Lucius| |Caesars,| |c.| |10| |-| |1| |B.C.,| |Aigai,| |Aiolis||AE| |17|
Struck under the magistrate agonothete Diphilos Phaita.
RP60200. Bronze AE 17, RPC I 2428, Imhoof MG 211 corr. (obv identified as Augustus), SNG Cop -, F, weight 3.394 g, maximum diameter 16.7 mm, die axis 0o, Aiolis, Aigai (near Yuntdagi Koseler, Turkey) mint, reign of Augustus, c. 10 - 1 B.C.; obverse ANTIΓANTΕΩN - ΛΕYKION, bare head of Lucius Caesar right; reverse ΓAION ΔIΦΛOΣ ΦAITA AΓΩNOΘΕTAΣ, bare head of Gaius Caesar right; extremely rare; SOLD







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