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Griffins on Ancient Coins

The griffin, griffon, or gryphon is a legendary creature with the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle. As the lion was traditionally considered the king of the beasts and the eagle was the king of the birds, the griffin was thought to be an especially powerful and majestic creature. Griffins are normally known for guarding treasure and well valued priceless possession.


Abdera, Thrace, c. 300 - 250 B.C.

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Missing from most references and major collections.
BB60118. Bronze AE 16, CNT_6605, AMNG II-1 p. 100, 184 & pl. 3, 24; Chryssanthaki-Nagle p. 240, 318e; SNG Cop -; SNG Evelpidis -; BMC Thrace -; Weber -; Lindgren -, F, brown tone, tight flan, slightly rough, weight 5.000 g, maximum diameter 16.0 mm, die axis 180o, Abdera mint, c. 300 - 250 B.C.; obverse AB-∆/HPITΩN (ending in exergue), Griffin leaping left, forepart and forpaws raised, feathered wings, tail curling and closed beak, NI (magistrate monogram?) behind; reverse EΠI HE-PO∆OTOY (proconsul Herodotos), beardless male head right; very rare; $80.00 (€68.00)
 


Macedonian Kingdom, Antigonus I Monophthalmus, 323 - 301 B.C., In the Name of Alexander the Great

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Antigonos I Monophthalmos ("the One-eyed") (382 B.C. - 301 B.C.) was a nobleman, general, and governor under Alexander the Great. Upon Alexander's death in 323 B.C., he established himself as one of the successors and declared himself King in 306 B.C. The most powerful satraps of the empire, Cassander, Seleucus, Ptolemy, and Lysimachus, answered by also proclaiming themselves kings. Antigonus found himself at war with all four, largely because his territory shared borders with all of them. He died in battle at Ipsus in 301 B.C. Antigonus' kingdom was divided up, with Seleucus I Nicator gaining the most. His son, Demetrius I Poliorcetes, took Macedon, which the family held, off and on, until it was conquered by Rome in 168 B.C. -- Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
GS77605. Silver drachm, Price 1387, Müller Alexander 614, SNG Cop 888, SNG Alpha Bank 582, SNG München 451, aVF, scratches and marks, porosity, weight 4.051 g, maximum diameter 17.0 mm, die axis 270o, Mysia, Lampsakos (Lapseki, Turkey) mint, 310 - 301 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, clad in Nemean Lion scalp headdress tied at neck; reverse AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus seated left on throne without back, nude to the waist, himation around hips and legs, eagle extended in right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, right leg drawn back, Pegasos forepart left in left field, Artemis standing left holding torch under throne; $80.00 (€68.00)
 


Assos, Troas, c. 400 - 241 B.C.

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Assos was a harbor city on the Gulf of Adramytteion, just north of the island of Lesbos. Hermias, a student of Plato, ruled Assos for a time during the 4th century B.C. He invited Plato's most famous student, Aristotle, who lived and taught in Assos for more than three years. When the Persians took the city, they executed Hermias and Aristotle fled to Lesbos. After visiting Alexandria Troas, Paul walked to Assos and visited the Christians there (Acts 20:13).
GB86554. Bronze AE 11, cf. SNG Cop 237 - 238; SNGvA 7587 - 7589; SNG München 158 - 162; SNG Tübingen 2567; BMC Troas p. 37, 10 - 22 (all various control symbols), aVF, dark patina, slightly off center, pitting, weight 1.327 g, maximum diameter 11.1 mm, die axis 180o, Assos mint, c. 400 - 241 B.C.; obverse helmeted head of Athena right, Attic helmet crested and ornamented with laurel branch and scroll; reverse griffin reclining left, AΣΣI above, obscure control symbol in exergue; from the David Cannon Collection, ex Beast Coins; $70.00 (€59.50)
 







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