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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. 600 - 550 B.C.

|Miletos|, |Miletos,| |Ionia,| |c.| |600| |-| |550| |B.C.||1/12th| |stater|
Before the Persian invasion in the middle of the 6th century B.C., Miletus was the greatest and wealthiest of Greek cities and had a maritime empire with many colonies. After Cyrus of Persia defeated Croesus of Lydia in the middle of the 6th century B.C., Miletus fell under Persian rule.
SH56865. Electrum 1/12th stater, Linzalone LN1120, SNG Kayhan 444 - 448, Klein 415, SNG Cop -, Rosen -, Weidauer -, aVF, weight 1.129 g, maximum diameter 7.1 mm, Miletos (near Balat, Turkey) mint, 600 - 550 B.C.; obverse lion's forepart right, right paw outstretched; reverse cross of four pellets connected to a central pellet within a quadralobe incuse; SOLD


Miletos, Ionia, c. 300 - 250 B.C.

|Miletos|, |Miletos,| |Ionia,| |c.| |300| |-| |250| |B.C.||didrachm|
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
SH25334. Silver didrachm, Deppert-Lippitz 468 - 470; BMC Ionia p. 191, 83; Waddington 1823, VF, toned, lamination flaw at 5:00 on the reverse, weight 6.453 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 0o, Miletos (near Balat, Turkey) mint, magistrate Echeboulos, c. 300 - 250 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo left; reverse lion standing left, head turned back looking a star in field above, Miletos monogram left, EXEBOYΛOΣ (magistrate) exergue; SOLD







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