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Ephesos, c. 500 - 420 B.C.

|Ephesos|, |Ephesos,| |c.| |500| |-| |420| |B.C.||tetartemorion|NEW
Ephesos, 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), weight 0.188 g, maximum diameter 6.7 mm, die axis 180o, Ephesos mint, 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 (€82.80)
 


Ionia, c. 600 - 550 B.C.

|Archaic| |Electrum|, |Ionia,| |c.| |600| |-| |550| |B.C.||hemihekte|
Unpublished in the standard references but we have handled a few and more are known from auction listings.
SH82715. Electrum hemihekte, Lydo-Milesian standard; cf. CNG auction (9 Mar 2016), lot 156; Elektron I 9; Weidauer -; Traité I -; SNG Kayhan -; Rosen -; Boston MFA -, VF, irregular flan, scratches, weight 1.151 g, maximum diameter 8.0 mm, uncertain Ionian mint, c. 600 - 550 B.C.; obverse crude scarab beetle(?); reverse incuse punch; very rare; SOLD


Ephesos, Ionia, c. 500 - 420 B.C.

|Ephesos|, |Ephesos,| |Ionia,| |c.| |500| |-| |420| |B.C.||drachm|
In 479 B.C., the Ionians, allied with Athens and Sparta, were able to oust the Persians from the shores of Asia Minor. In 478 B.C., the Ionian cities entered with Athens and Sparta into the Delian League. Ephesus did not contribute ships but gave financial support.
GS86219. Silver drachm, SNG Kayhan 140, SNGvA 7819, SNG Cop 210, SNG Tübingen 2758, Traité II, p. 1090, 1867 & pl. CLII, 12; BMC Ionia -, SNG Munchen -, Choice gVF, toned, well centered on a tight flan, weight 3.343 g, maximum diameter 15.1 mm, die axis 0o, Ephesos mint, c. 500 - 420 B.C.; obverse EΦ-EΣI-O-N, bee seen from above; reverse quadripartite incuse square, divided by thin raised bands, incuse quarters rough; rare issue with full ethnic; SOLD







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