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Swans on Ancient Coins
Syracuse, Sicily, Agathokles, 317 - 289 B.C.

|Swan|, |Syracuse,| |Sicily,| |Agathokles,| |317| |-| |289| |B.C.||80| |litrae|
Sear's Greek Coins and Their Values listed this type at 1,500 in 1978!
SH10964. Gold 80 litrae, BMC 416v, SGCV I 970v, SNG Cop 778v (legend blunder is variety for all refs), VF, ex jewelry damage, weight 4.27 g, maximum diameter 15.00 mm, die axis 45o, Syracuse mint, 306 - 289 B.C.; obverse helmeted head of Athena right; reverse AΓAΘOKAEOE / BAΣIΛEΩΣ, winged thunderbolt, TP monogram below, no border; the tyrant's name AΓAΘOKΛEOΣ is blundered, reading A instead of Λ and ending in "E" vice the normal"Σ", apparently clipped, holed and filled; SOLD

Teos, Ionia, c. 510 - 475 B.C.

|Teos|, |Teos,| |Ionia,| |c.| |510| |-| |475| |B.C.||stater|
Teos was a flourishing seaport until about 540 B.C., when the Persian emperor Cyrus the Great invaded Lydia and Ionia. The town survived but most of the citizens fled to the newly founded colonies of Abdera and Phanagoria. Under the Roman Empire, the town was noted for its wine, a theater and its Temple of Dionysus. The site is now farmland.
SH36164. Silver stater, Balcer group V, SNG Cop 1437, SNG Kayhan -, gVF, weight 11.747 g, maximum diameter 21.4 mm, Teos (near Sigacik, Turkey) mint, c. 510 - 475 B.C.; obverse griffin seated right, left forepaw raised, swan lower right; reverse quadripartite incuse square; SOLD

Klazomenai, Ionia, c. 387 - 360 B.C.

|Other| |Ionia|, |Klazomenai,| |Ionia,| |c.| |387| |-| |360| |B.C.||hemidrachm|
Klazomenai was home to large numbers of swans. The principal god of Klazomenai was Apollo, who flew south each year from his winter home in a chariot drawn by swans. The swan was also a pun on the name Klazomenai - the verb klazo was used to describe the call of the wild birds.
SH49953. Silver hemidrachm, SNG Cop 23 var.; BMC Ionia p. 19, 23 ff. var.; SNGvA 1989 var.; SNG Munchen XX 462 ff. var. (all refs various symbols and magistrates), VF/F, porous, weight 1.822 g, maximum diameter 12.9 mm, die axis 180o, Klazomenai (Urla, Turkey) mint, c. 387 - 360 B.C.; obverse Apollo, laureate, facing slightly left; reverse KΛA, swan standing left, pluming its breast, X? left, IA? above; SOLD


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