Methymna, , c. 450 - 379 B.C.
Methymna, the prosperous second city of , was, According to myth, named after a daughter of , the god of the island, and Macar, the island's first . Methymna had a long-standing rivalry with Mytilene and sided with Athens during the Mytilenaean revolt in 428 B.C. All the other cities of sided with Mytilene. After Athenians put down the revolt, only Methymna was spared from being made a cleruchy. After 427, Methymna and were the only members of the Delian League to remain self-governing and exempt from tribute, indicating a privileged position within the Athenian Empire. Methymna was briefly captured by the Spartans in summer 412, but quickly retaken by the Athenians. When the Spartan Kallikratidas besieged Methymna in 406, the city stayed loyal to its Athenian garrison and held out until it was betrayed by several traitors.GS76101. Silver , Münzprägung 19, 351, 351, 904 (R2), -, VF, , grainy and porous, 0.380 g, maximum 8.1 mm, Methymna mint, c. 450/40 - 406/379 B.C.; of right, wearing crested Attic helmet with spiral floral ornament; , MAΘ around clockwise, linear , all within a round ; $225.00 (€200.25)
, 550 - 440 B.C.
magic is a ritual observance that is intended to turn away evil. Curiously, eyes were often used to off the "evil eye".GA71546. 1/48th , , p. 152, 27; 292; 7716; 650; 548; 1074 (R1), VF, 0.207 g, maximum 5.8 mm, mint, 550 - 440 B.C.; two eyes (or two barley kernels); quadripartite square; ; $180.00 (€160.20)
, c. 550 - 440 B.C.
In 570 B.C., took in the founding of Naucrate, the Greek Colony in . This coin, depicting an African, and others with Egyptian related types, likely boast of Lesbos' role at Naucrate.GA84173. 1/12 , 296; 7715; p. 153, 42 - 44; -, VF, dark , 0.473 g, maximum 7.4 mm, uncertain of mint, c. 550 - 440 B.C.; of a Nubian right; rough square punch; ; $180.00 (€160.20)
Mytilene, , 400 - 350 B.C.
Mytilene on the southeast edge of , opposite the mainland, was founded about 1054 B.C. It was initially confined to a small island just offshore that later was joined to , creating a and south harbor. In the 7th century B.C., Mytilene successfully contested for the leadership of with Methymna, on the side of the island. Mytilene became the center of the island's prosperous eastern hinterland.GS76292. Silver , , p. 185, 8-14 var.; 368 var.; 7749 - 7750 var.; 1037 (R1) var.; 5670 var. (none with grapes), VF, nice , grainy surfaces, uneven , 1.290 g, maximum 11.7 mm, 180o, Mytilene mint, 400 - 350 B.C.; laureate of right; of Aphrodite right, hair rolled, MY behind, bunch of grapes (control symbol) lower left; very variety of a - we were unable to find another example with the grapes control symbol; $125.00 (€111.25)
, c. 500 - 450 B.C.
A most unusual use of illusion on a coin. The two boars' heads can also be viewed as the facing of a .GA70935. 1/10th , p. 151, 14; 287; I, p. 350, 564; 7712 var. (no ); 645 ff. var. (same); 542 var. (same), VF, dark , , 1.264 g, maximum 9.6 mm, 0o, uncertain of mint, c. 500 - 450 B.C.; ΛEΣ (above), heads, creating the illusion of a facing of a ; square punch; from Matt , ex Mediterranean Coins; $60.00 (€53.40)
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