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Mytilene, Lesbos, 188 - 170 B.C., In the Name Alexander the Great
NEW Coins struck by the magistrate Peisistratos are rare. This is the only specimen of this type known to FORVM. Another unpublished and perhaps unique specimen from this magistrate on Coin Archives has throne legs ornamented with sphinx(?) and a kerykeion under the throne.GS96470. Silver tetradrachm, unpublished, cf. Price 1738, Müller Alexander 970, HGC 6 1047, SNG Cop -, SNG Alpha Bank -, (A under throne, unpublished), gF, uneven strike with weak areas/inscriptions, rough, porosity, lamination defects, edge chip, weight 15.585 g, maximum diameter 34.0 mm, die axis 0o, Lesbos, Mytilene mint, magistrate Peisistratos, c. 188 - 170 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, wearing Nemean Lion skin, scalp over head, forepaws tied at neck; reverse Zeus Aëtophoros seated left on throne with snake entwined legs and no back, A under throne, nude to waist, himation around hips and legs, right leg drawn back, eagle in extended right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, kithara lower left, AΛEΞAN∆POY downward on right, ΠEIΣIΣTPATOΣ (magistrate) in exergue; ex Leu Numismatics web auction 12 (31 May 2020), lot 2002 (part of); the only specimen of this variety known to FORVM; extremely rare; $400.00 (€368.00)
Cotiaeum, Phrygia, c. 235 - 238 A.D.
This type is apparently unpublished and perhaps unique. Hermaphilos struck at Cotiaeum as first archon for the second time under Maximinus (see BMC Phrygia p. 172).RP94282. Bronze AE 21, Apparently unpublished, RPC Online -, ISEGRIM -, BMC Phrygia -, SNG Cop -, SNGvA -, VF, great portrait, dark brown tone, central depressions, weight 4.396 g, maximum diameter 20.6 mm, die axis 0o, Cotiaeum (Kütahya, Turkey) mint, c. 235 - 238 A.D.; obverse ∆HMOC (Demos), bearded bust of Demos right, slight drapery; reverse EΠI EPMAΦIΛOY APX B (under authority of Hermaphilos archon for the second time), Cybele enthroned left, kalathos on head, phiale in extended right hand, left arm resting on tympanum, lions flanking throne, KOTIAEΩ/N in two lines in exergue; the only specimen of the type known to Forum, ex Numismatik Naumann auction 81 (1 Sept 2019), lot 314; $170.00 (€156.40)
Myrina, Aeolis, 2nd - 1st Century B.C.
Myrina is said to have been founded before the other Aeolian cities by either Myrinus or the Amazon Myrina. Artaxerxes gave Gryneium and Myrina to Gongylus, an Eretrian, who had been banished from his native city for favoring Persia. Myrina had a good harbor. Pliny the Elder mentions the fame of its oysters and that it bore the surname of Sebastopolis (venerable city). An inscription tells us that Myrina was within the Kingdom of Pergamon in the 3rd century B.C. For some time Myrina was occupied by Philip V of Macedon; but the Romans compelled him to evacuate, and declared the place free. It twice suffered severe earthquakes, in the reigns of Tiberius and Trajan. The town was restored each time, and continued to exist until a late period. It was the birthplace of Agathias, a Byzantine poet and historian of the 6th century.GB93490. Bronze AE 16, SNG Cop 225; SNGvA 1666; SNG Munchen 571 - 573; BMC Troas p. 137, 27 ff., Choice VF, green patina with highlighting buff earthen deposits, weight 4.477 g, maximum diameter 16.1 mm, die axis 0o, Aiolis, Myrina (near Aliaga, Turkey) mint, 2nd - 1st century B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right; reverse amphora, lyre right, MY-PI flanking across lower field; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $90.00 (€82.80)