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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.

Heracleia ad Latmon, Ionia, 165 - 140 B.C.

|Other| |Ionia|, |Heracleia| |ad| |Latmon,| |Ionia,| |165| |-| |140| |B.C.||stephanophoric| |tetradrachm|
Beautiful style in very high grade!
SH28907. Silver stephanophoric tetradrachm, Pozzi 2453, SNGvA 1976, SNG Lockett 2824, SNG Cop -, Choice EF, weight 17.005 g, maximum diameter 34.0 mm, die axis 270o, Heracleia ad Latmon mint, 165 - 140 B.C.; obverse head of Athena right wearing richly ornamented crested helmet; reverse HPAKΛEΩTΩN, club right, below owl standing right flanked by two monograms, all withing oak wreath; Heracleia ad Latmon; SOLD


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


Western Anatolia, c. 620 - 600 B.C., Plain Globular Type

|Archaic| |Electrum|, |Western| |Anatolia,| |c.| |620| |-| |600| |B.C.,| |Plain| |Globular| |Type||hekte|
Certificate of Authenticity issued by David R. Sear.

Unpublished! The majority of the earliest electrum issues were struck on the lighter Milesian weight standard, with hectes weighing approximately 2.35 grams. This example, however is on the heavier Phocaic standard that was used at mints such as Cyzicus, Mysia and Phocaea, Ionia.
SH85577. Electrum hekte, Phokaic standard 1/6 stater; unpublished, EF, flan cracks, weight 2.721 g, maximum diameter 8.96 mm, uncertain western Anatolia mint, c. 620 - 600 B.C.; obverse plain globular surface; reverse one small incuse square punch; extremely rare; SOLD







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