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Miletos, Ionia

Miletos was an ancient Greek city on the western coast of Anatolia, near the mouth of the Maeander River in ancient Caria. By the 6th century B.C., Miletus had earned a maritime empire with many colonies, but brushed up against powerful Lydia at home, and the tyrant Polycrates of its neighbor to the west, Samos. When Cyrus of Persia defeated Croesus of Lydia in the middle of the 6th century B.C., Miletus fell under Persian rule. Miletos, along with most of Anatolia, was taken from Persia by Alexander the Great in 334 B.C. Miletos' greatest wealth and splendor was reached during the Hellenistic era and Roman times. Its ruins are located near the modern town of Balat in Aydin Province, Turkey. The symbols found on coins of Miletos include the lion, a star, and Apollo.Miletus Bay


Miletos, Ionia, c. 350 - 334 B.C.

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Didyma, on the coast of Ionia, was the largest and most significant sanctuary in the territory of the great classical city Miletus. It contained a temple and oracle of Apollo, the Didymaion. Next to Delphi, Didyma was the most renowned oracle of the Hellenic world, first mentioned among the Greeks in the Homeric Hymn to Apollo, but an establishment preceding literacy and even the Hellenic colonization of Ionia. The 6th century Didymaion, enclosed its smaller predecessor. Its treasury was enriched by gifts from Croesus. To approach it, visitors would follow the Sacred Way to Didyma, about 17 km long. Along the way, were ritual way stations, and statues of members of the Branchidae family, male and female, as well as animal figures. Some of these statues, dating to the 6th century B.C. are now in the British Museum, taken by Charles Newton in the 19th century. The ruins of Didyma are located at a short distance to the northwest of modern Didim in Aydin Province, Turkey.The Didymaion

GB88988. Silver drachm, Phoenician standard; Deppert-Lippitz 104 - 114; SNG Cop 961; SNG Fitzwilliam 4542; SNG Delepierre 2651; BMC Ionia p. 189, 57; Waddington 1807, VF, dark hoard patina, areas of light corrosion, weight 3.458 g, maximum diameter 14.4 mm, Miletos (near Balat, Turkey) mint, c. 350 - 334 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo left; reverse lion standing left, head turned back right, star above, MI monogram before, magistrate's name ΘEOΠPOΠOΣ (magistrate) below; $135.00 (€114.75)
 


Miletos, Ionia, c. 313 - 290 B.C.

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Miletos was an ancient Greek city on the western coast of Anatolia, near the mouth of the Maeander River. Miletos, along with most of Anatolia, was taken from Persia by Alexander the Great in 334 B.C. Miletos' greatest wealth and splendor was reached during the Hellenistic era and Roman times. Its ruins are located near the modern town of Balat in Aydin Province, Turkey. The symbols found on coins of Miletos include the lion, a star, and Apollo. The star may represent the Sun in association with Apollo.Miletus Bay

GB88993. Bronze AE 17, Deppert-Lippitz 375 - 377; BMC Ionia p. 196, 121 var. (magistrate), SNG Cop 974 var. (same), VF, dark patina, scattered porosity, scattered earthen deposits, weight 3.987 g, maximum diameter 17.1 mm, die axis 0o, Miletos (near Balat, Turkey) mint, c. 313 - 290 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right; reverse lion standing right, looking back at star above, BATTAPOΣ (magistrate) in exergue; ex Munz Zentrum Rheinland; rare; $90.00 (€76.50)
 


Macedonian Kingdom, Philip III Arrhidaeus and Alexander IV, 323 - 317 B.C.

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Struck after Alexander's death, under either Perdikkas or Antipater, regents during the joint reign of Alexander's mentally disabled half-brother, Philip III, and Alexander's infant son, Alexander IV. Philip was the bastard son of Philip II and a dancer, Philinna of Larissa. Alexander the Great's mother, Olympias, allegedly poisoned her stepson Philip III as a child, leaving him mentally disabled, eliminating him as a rival to Alexander. Neither Philip III nor Alexander IV was capable of actual rule. Both were selected only to serve as pawns. The regents held power, while Philip III was actually imprisoned. In 317, Olympias had Philip murdered to ensure the succession of her grandson. But Alexander IV would never rule. In 311 B.C., he and his mother Roxana were executed by the regent Kassander.
GB89403. Brass half unit, Price 2064, SNG München 907, SNG Cop 1129, Liampi Chronologie 193 - 217, HGC 3.1 958a, SNG Alpha Bank -, SNG Saroglos -, F, toned bare metal, scratches, porosity/corrosion, weight 4.380 g, maximum diameter 16.9 mm, die axis 0o, Miletus (Balat, Turkey) or Mylasa (Milas, Turkey) mint, c. 320 B.C.; obverse Macedonian shield with Medusa's head at center; reverse crested Macedonian helmet, flanked by B - A (BASILEWS ALEXANDROU, King Alexander), double axe lower left, K lower right; $45.00 (€38.25)
 







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