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Ionia

Ionia lies in central Western Anatolia (Asia Minor) on the shores of the Aegean Sea. The region is rather small and mountainous unsuited for agriculture but excellent for seafaring. Greek settlement took place in the 11th to 10th Centuries B.C. despite hostilities with the native Luwians (Indo-European people related to the Hittites and Lycians). After resisting fairly well to the Cimmerian invasion, the Ionians were gradually conquered by the Lycian Kingdom, and later by the Persian Empire. Ionia was freed by Alexander but became a contested prize for the Hellenistic kings, until the last king of Pergamum bequeathed his land to Rome. Ionia offered the world countless philosophers and men of science, and a fabulous school of art.

Herakleia ad Latmon, Ionia, 155 - 145 B.C.

|Other| |Ionia|, |Herakleia| |ad| |Latmon,| |Ionia,| |155| |-| |145| |B.C.||stephanophoric| |tetradrachm|
SH48958. Silver stephanophoric tetradrachm, SNGvA 1977, Pozzi 2453, EF, weight 16.351 g, maximum diameter 34.6 mm, die axis 270o, Herakleia ad Latmon mint, obverse head of Athena right, wearing necklace and winged and crested Attic helmet decorated with Pegasos and five horses; reverse HPAKΛEΩN, club within oak-wreath; ethnic, owl and two monograms across fields; SOLD


Oinoe, Ikaros, Islands of Ionia, c. 340 - 300 B.C.

|Other| |Ionia|, |Oinoe,| |Ikaros,| |Islands| |of| |Ionia,| |c.| |340| |-| |300| |B.C.||drachm|
Oenoe or Oinoe was a small town on the northwest coast of the Ionian island of Icaria (west of Samos). During the 6th century B.C., Oenoe and the rest of Icaria became part of the sea empire of Polycrates. During the 5th century B.C., the Icarian cities of Oenoe and Thermae were members of the Athenian-dominated Delian League. During the 2nd century B.C., the island was colonized by Samos. At this time, the Tauropolion, a temple of Artemis, was built at Oenoe. Coins of the city represented Artemis and a bull.
SH96000. Silver drachm, SNGvA 8023, SNG Kayhan 627, SNG Delepierre 2670, HGC 6 1158 (R1), SNG Cop -, BMC Ionia -, gVF, beautiful style, lovely goddess, toned, centered on a tight oval flan, obverse die rust, weight 3.465 g, maximum diameter 15.9 mm, die axis 180o, Oinoe (near Kampos, Evdilos, Greece) mint, c. 340 - 300 B.C.; obverse head of Artemis Munychia slightly right, wearing necklace, quiver behind right shoulder; reverse bull butting right, OINAI in exergue; from the Errett Bishop Collection; rare; SOLD


Samos, Islands off Ionia, c. 526 - 524 B.C.

|Other| |Ionia|, |Samos,| |Islands| |off| |Ionia,| |c.| |526| |-| |524| |B.C.||drachm|
Samos is the birthplace of Pythagoras. One of the famous attractions of the island is the aqueduct-tunnel which was dug through a mountain to bring water to the city from a secret spring. The tunnel was in use for a very long period and discovered in 19th century thanks to Herodotos' writing of it. The tunnel is over 1000m long, an engineering marvel dug from both ends by two simultaneously working teams.
GA41265. Silver drachm, BMC Ionia p. 354, 45; SNG Cop 1674; SNGvA 2290, EF/VF, weight 3.114 g, maximum diameter 12.9 mm, die axis 270o, Islands of Ionia, Samos mint, obverse forepart of winged boar right; reverse facing lion scalp within dotted square within incuse square; ex Numismatic Fine Arts, Edward Gans, 10 Rock Lane, Berkeley, 12/64, $75; from the Dr. J. Hewitt Judd Collection (author of United States Pattern Coins Experimental & Trial Pieces); SOLD







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