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Ephesos, Ionia (Turkey)

Ephesos, a city of great numismatic tradition, continued to strike cistophoric tetradrachms from Augustus to Claudius. During his bid for the throne, Vespasian opened the mint for denarii (rare) and aurei (extremely rare) production from 70 to 74 A.D. Mintmarks: EPHE.

Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D., Ephesos, Ionia

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The curule chair was for senior magistrates including dictators, masters of the horse, consuls, praetors, censors, and the curule aediles. As a form of a throne, it might be given as an honor to foreign kings recognized formally as a friend (amicus) by the Roman people or senate. Designed for use by commanders in the field, the curule chair could be folded for easy transport. It had no back, low arms, curved legs forming an X, and was traditionally made of or veneered with ivory.
RP84096. Bronze AE 25, Macdonald Hunter p. 330, 29 & pl. L, 17; SNG Cop -, SNGvA -, SNG München -; SNG Tüb -, SNG Leypold -, SNG Turkey -; SNG Hunterian -, RPC -, BMC -, VF, green patina, tight flan, corrosion, weight 12.463 g, maximum diameter 24.8 mm, die axis 30o, Ephesos mint, Aug 138 - 7 Mar 161 A.D.; obverse Antoninus Pius seated left on curule chair, laureate and togate, lituus in right hand; reverse EΦE/ΣIΩN in two lines within laurel wreath closed at the top with an annulet; ex Bankhaus Aufhäuser (18 Nov 1997); very rare; $225.00 (€200.25)

Ephesos(?), Ionia, c. 610 - 575 B.C.

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This type is among the earliest of coins. The location of the mint is not certain but examples have been found at or near Ephesos.
SH73375. Electrum 1/24 stater, SNG Kayhan 724 (Myletos?), Rosen 284 (Asia Minor uncertain), Mitchiner ATEC 106, Weidauer -, VF, struck with worn dies, weight 0.567 g, maximum diameter 7.0 mm, Ephesos(?) mint, c. 610- 575 B.C.; obverse crude lion's paw seen from above; reverse deep incuse square; very rare; SOLD

Ephesos, Ionia, c. 166 - 50 B.C.

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Ephesos, on the west coast of Anatolia, was one of the twelve cities of the Ionian League. It was famous for its Temple of Artemis, completed around 550 B.C., one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The cult image of the Ephesian goddess has a mummy-like body with the feet placed close together, is many-breasted, and from each of her hands hangs a long fillet with tassels at the ends. At her side stands a stag raising its head to the image of the goddess. The usual symbols of this nature-goddess 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 of Asia cited in the Book of Revelation and the Gospel of John may have been written there.
GB72555. Bronze AE 17, SNG München 80; SNG Cop 301; BMC Ionia p. 62, 137; SNGvA 1842; SNG Tübingen 2795 ff. var. (same) SNG Keckman 221 ff. (same), VF, nice patina, weight 2.155 g, maximum diameter 16.9 mm, die axis 0o, Ephesos mint, Roman rule, c. 166 - 50 B.C.; obverse E−Φ, bee within wreath; reverse stag standing right, date palm tree in background center, ∆ left, ΩΠA monogram right, magistrate's name ∆HMHTPI/OC in exergue; ex Forum (2008); SOLD


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