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Ephesos, Ionia, c. 500 - 420 B.C.

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In 479 B.C., the Ionians, allied with Athens and Sparta, were able to oust the Persians from the shores of Asia Minor. In 478 B.C., the Ionian cities entered with Athens and Sparta into the Delian League. Ephesus did not contribute ships but gave financial support.
GS86219. Silver drachm, SNG Kayhan 140, SNGvA 7819, SNG Cop 210, SNG TŁbingen 2758, Traitť II, p. 1090, 1867 & pl. CLII, 12; BMC Ionia -, SNG MŁnchen -, Choice gVF, toned, well centered on a tight flan, weight 3.343 g, maximum diameter 15.1 mm, die axis 0o, Ephesos mint, c. 500 - 420 B.C.; obverse EΦ-EΣI-O-N, bee seen from above; reverse quadripartite incuse square, divided by thin raised bands, incuse quarters rough; rare issue with full ethnic; $720.00 (Ä612.00)


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; $185.00 (Ä157.25)


Chersonesos, Thrace, c. 400 - 338 B.C.

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Chersonesos is Greek for 'peninsula' and several cities used the name. The city in Thracian Chersonesos (the Gallipoli peninsula) that struck these coins is uncertain. The coins may have been struck at Cardia by the peninsula as a league, or perhaps they were struck by lost city on the peninsula named Chersonesos. Chersonesos was controlled by Athens from 560 B.C. to 338 B.C., aside from a brief period during this time when it was controlled by Persia. It was taken by Philip II of Macedonia in 338 B.C., Pergamon in 189 B.C., and Rome in 133 B.C. It was later ruled by the Byzantine Empire and then by the Ottoman Turks.
GS87690. Silver hemidrachm, McClean 4093, SNG Berry 503, SNG Cop -; BMC Thrace -, gVF, nice surfaces, obverse a little off center, die wear, tiny edge split, weight 2.236 g, maximum diameter 12.8 mm, die axis 0o, Chersonesos (Sevastopol, Ukraine) mint, c. 400 - 338 B.C.; obverse lion forepart right, head turned back left, tongue protruding; reverse quadripartite incuse with alternating shallow and deeper sunken quarters, pellet over AΓ monogram in one sunken quarter, cicada in the opposite sunken quarter; rare; $140.00 (Ä119.00) ON RESERVE


Ephesos, Ionia, c. 305 - 288 B.C.

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Ephesus was on the coast of Ionia, three kilometers southwest of present-day Selcuk in Izmir Province, Turkey. It was built in the 10th century B.C. on the site of the former Arzawan capital by Attic and Ionian Greek colonists and was one of the twelve cities of the Ionian League. The city was famed for the Temple of Artemis, completed around 550 B.C. and one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Ephesus was one of the seven churches of Asia that are cited in the Book of Revelation. The Gospel of John may have been written there.
GB87703. Bronze AE 11, BMC Ionia p. 55, 68; SNGvA 1839; SNG Cop 256; SNG Kayhan -, VF, dark green patina, well centered and struck, light corrosion, weight 1.304 g, maximum diameter 11.0 mm, die axis 0o, Ephesos mint, c. 305 - 288 B.C.; obverse draped bust of Tyche left, wearing mural crown and drop earring; reverse bee with straight wings, seen from above, E − Φ flanking across field; $100.00 (Ä85.00)







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