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Insects on Ancient Coins

Sardes, Lydia, c 98 - 117 A.D.

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CTP in the reverse legend identifies the magistrate, Lo. Io. Libonianos, as a strategos. Strategos, plural strategoi, is Greek meaning "general." In the Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine Empires the term was also used to describe a military governor. In the modern Greek army, it is the highest officer rank.
RP82728. Bronze AE 16, RPC Online III 2393 (18 spec.); SNG Cop 508; SNG Leypold 1201; SNG Tatis 757; Imhoof-Blumer LS p. 139, 13; BMC Lydia p. 246, 75; Winterthur 3917, VF, attractive dark green patina, bumps and marks, earthen deposits, weight 2.366 g, maximum diameter 15.8 mm, die axis 0o, Sardes (Sart, Turkey) mint, time of Trajan, c. 98 - 117 A.D; obverse CAP∆IA-NΩN, draped youthful bust of Dionysus right, wearing ivy wreath; reverse CTP ΛO IO ΛI-BΩNIANOY, filleted thyrsus, bee to right; ex Numismatic Naumann GmbH auction 60, lot 326; $165.00 (Ä140.25)


Ephesos, Ionia, c. 550 - 500 B.C.

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Ephesos, on the west coast of Anatolia, was famous for its Temple of Artemis, completed around 550 B.C., one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The usual symbols of this nature-goddess and the city are the torch, stag, and the bee. Coins of Ephesos most frequently depict a bee on the obverse. The high-priest of the temple of Artemis was called the King Bee, while the virgin priestesses were called honey-bees (Melissae). Ephesus was one of the seven churches cited in the Book of Revelation and the Gospel of John may have been written there.
GA89328. Silver drachm, Karwiese Series V, SNG Kayhan 113 - 114, Winterthur 2901, BMC Ionia -, SNG Cop -, SNGvA -, SNG MŁnchen -, SNG TŁbingen -, VF, off center, porosity, weight 3.233 g, maximum diameter 13.8 mm, Ephesos mint, c. 550 - 500 B.C.; obverse bee seen from above, E-Φ flanking high across field; reverse irregular square rough incuse; scarce; $130.00 (Ä110.50)


Ionia, c. 600 - 550 B.C.

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Unpublished in the standard references but we have handled a few and more are known from auction listings.
SH82715. Electrum hemihekte, Lydo-Milesian standard; cf. CNG auction (9 Mar 2016), lot 156; Elektron I 9; Weidauer -; Traitť I -; SNG Kayhan -; Rosen -; Boston MFA -, VF, irregular flan, scratches, weight 1.151 g, maximum diameter 8.0 mm, uncertain Ionian mint, c. 600 - 550 B.C.; obverse crude scarab beetle(?); reverse incuse punch; very rare; SOLD







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