, , c. 340 - 325 B.C.
, on the coast of Anatolia, was one of the 12 cities of the League. It was famous for its Temple of , completed around 550 B.C., one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The usual of this nature-goddess are the torch, stag, and the bee. Coins of most frequently depict a bee on the . The high-priest of the temple of was called the Bee, while the virgin priestesses were called honey-bees (Melissae). was one of the seven churches of cited in the Book of Revelation and the Gospel of John may have been written there.
SH75181. Silver , Pixodarus p. 192, class H (post-hoard, cites ); II p. 1106, 1183; -; -; -; -; -; -, aVF, , die wear and breaks on the , 15.057 g, maximum 23.9 mm, 0o, mint, c. 340 - 325 B.C.; bee with straight wings, E−Φ flanking ; forepart of stag kneeling right, looking left, tree with two bunches of fruit on left, XIMAPOΣ downward on right; very ; $800.00 (€712.00)
Elaios, Thracian Chersonesos, c. 350 - 281 B.C.
The city of Elaios in Thracian Chersonesos occupied a strategic position on what is now called the Gallipoli peninsula. In the ancient world, it was know for its sanctuary of the Trojan hero Protesilaos. Philostratos, of this sanctuary in the early third century A.D., speaks of a temple statue of Protesilaos standing on a base which was shaped like the prow of a boat. Of all the references listed in this coin's , is the only to list any coins of this city.
GB85370. Bronze AE 13, 898 (also same ); -, Corpus Nummorum Thracorum -, -, -, -, -, VF, , highlighting earthen deposits, some marks, some corrosion, slightly flattened by counter marking, 2.392 g, maximum 13.3 mm, 0o, Elaios mint, c. 350 - 281 B.C.; veiled female (Demeter?) right (wreathed in grain?); : forepart right in an round punch; bee upward, seen from above, EΛAIOY/ΣIΩN flanking in two upward lines first on left, ΠA below; extremely ; $250.00 (€222.50)
, , Italy, c. 300 - 250 B.C.
or was an important city of Magna , on a plain of extraordinary fertility on the Gulf of Tarentum, between the river Bradanus and the Casuentus (modern Basento). It was distant about 20 km from and 40 from Tarentum. The ruins of are located in the frazione of Metaponto, in the comune of Bernalda, in the Province of Matera, Basilicata region, Italy.SH70576. Bronze AE 14, 62, 574, 1261, 534, 55, 420, 232, 1698, -, gVF, nice , , 3.426 g, maximum 14.3 mm, 270o, mint, c. 300 - 250 B.C.; of Demeter right, hair rolled and wreathed with barley, wearing pendant earring; (upwards on left), of barley with leaf right, fly (bee?) on right flying right above leaf; $240.00 (€213.60)
, , c. 390 - 320 B.C.
In 356 B.C. the temple of was burned down, according to , by a lunatic called Herostratus. planned a larger, grander temple and at once started rebuilding. When Alexander the Great defeated the Persian forces at the Battle of Granicus in 334 B.C., the Greek cities of were liberated. The pro-Persian tyrant Syrpax and his family were stoned to death, and Alexander was greeted warmly when he entered in triumph. When Alexander saw that the temple of was not yet finished, he proposed to finance it and have his name inscribed on the front. But the Ephesians demurred, saying it was not fitting for one god to build a temple to another.
GS76154. Silver , p. 53, 53; 243; 1835; 32; 194; 4375, VF, some light corrosion, 1.004 g, maximum 10.2 mm, 0o, mint, c. 390 - 320 B.C.; bee with straight wings, seen from above; heads of two stags, EΦ above; $140.00 (€124.60)
Erythrai, , c. 133 - 30 B.C.
GB75487. Bronze trichalkon, p. 140, 212; 721; 2873; -; -, VF, green , 2.524 g, maximum 15.9 mm, 90o, , Erythrai ( of Ildiri, Turkey) mint, magistrate Herakleos, c. 133 - 30 B.C.; of Herakles right, clad in scalp headdress tied at neck; Bow-in-bow case above, HPAKΛEOΣ / EΠIKOYPOY (magistrate's name and ) in two lines across center, bee left lower left, club over EPY lower right; ; $60.00 (€53.40)
"Kainon," , c. 367 - 340 B.C.
This issue, assigned to Alaisa in many references, was perhaps produced by Thracian mercenaries operating in in the 4th century B.C.GI75648. Bronze tetras, I, p. 252, 10; 134 (Alaesa); 218 (Alaisa); 1178 (Alaesa); p. 29, 8 (Alaesa); 509, F, scrapes, 9.108 g, maximum 21.9 mm, 45o, uncertain mint, c. 367 - 340 B.C.; springing left, wings open, grasshopper left below; horse prancing left, loose reigns flying behind, KAINON in , with eight rays around a central pellet above; $60.00 (€53.40)
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