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Magnesia ad Meandrum, Ionia

Magnesia ad Maeandrum was an inland city of Ionia, located on a small tributary of the Maeander River about 12 miles southeast of Ephesus.


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

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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 Macedonia, which the family held, off and on, until it was conquered by Rome in 168 B.C. -- Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
GS76142. Silver drachm, Price 1959, Müller Alexander 785, SNG Cop 965, SNG München 555, SNG Saroglos -, SNG Alpha Bank -, VF, well centered and struck, toned, flan crack, bumps and marks, light corrosion, weight 3.947 g, maximum diameter 16.5 mm, die axis 0o, Ionia, Magnesia ad Maeandrum (near Tekin, Turkey) mint, c. 319 - 305 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, clad in Nemean Lion scalp headdress tied at neck; reverse AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus Aëtophoros seated left on a throne without back, nude to waist, himation around hips and legs, eagle in extended right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, right leg drawn back, ΠA monogram left, B outer right, AT monogram under throne; $180.00 SALE PRICE $162.00
 


Macedonian Kingdom, Philip III Arrhidaeus and Alexander IV, 323 - 317 B.C.

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Struck after Alexander the Great's death during the joint reign of Philip III, Alexander's brother, and the infant king Alexander IV, Alexander's son with the Bactrian princess Roxana. The two were made joint kings by Alexander's generals who only intended to use them as pawns. Philip III was imprisoned upon his return to Macedonia, and in 317 B.C. he was executed under orders from Olympias. Alexander IV and his mother Roxana were executed by the boy's regent, Kassander, in 311 B.C. Magnesia also struck nearly identical drachms during this period in the name of Philip. Traditionally coins naming Alexander have been attributed to Alexander III the Great, but the Alexander named on this coin was more likely the infant son of Roxana, Alexander IV.
GS76143. Silver drachm, Hersh 107, Price 1946 corr. (thyrsus left), Müller Alexander 663, SNG Cop -, SNG Munchen -, SNG Alpha Bank -, SNG Saroglos -, VF, light toning, porosity, light corrosion, bumps, light scratches, reverse slightly off center, weight 4.222 g, maximum diameter 16.7 mm, die axis 0o, Magnesia ad Maeandrum (near Tekin, Turkey) mint, struck under Menander or Kleito, c. 323 - 319 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, clad in Nemean Lion scalp headdress tied at neck; reverse AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus Aëtophoros seated left on throne without back, nude to waist, himation around waist and legs, right leg drawn back, feet on footstool, eagle in extended right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, thyrsus behind throne (inner right); $170.00 SALE PRICE $153.00
 


Macedonian Kingdom, Philip III Arrhidaeus and Alexander IV, 323 - 317 B.C., Struck in the Name of Philip

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Struck in the name of King Philip III Arrhidaeus, Alexander the Great's half-brother. Philip III and Alexander's infant son, Alexander IV, were made joint kings after Alexander's death. Philip was the bastard son of Philip II and a dancer, Philinna of Larissa. Alexander the Great's mother, Olympias, allegedly poisoned her stepson Philip III as a child, leaving him mentally disabled, eliminating him as a rival to Alexander. Neither Philip III nor Alexander IV was capable of actual rule and both were selected only to serve as pawns. The regent The regents held power, while Philip III was actually imprisoned. In 317, Olympias had Philip murdered in an attempt to ensure the rule of her grandson.
GS75254. Silver drachm, Price P57, Müller Alexander P89a, SNG Alpha Bank 857, SNG Cop -, SNG Munchen -, VF, attractive style, toned, porous, light marks and scratches, weight 3.880 g, maximum diameter 16.9 mm, die axis 0o, Ionia, Magnesia ad Meandrum (near Tekin, Turkey) mint, struck under Menander or Kleito, c. 323 - 319 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, wearing Nemean lion scalp headdress; reverse ΦIΛIΠΠOY, Zeus seated left on throne without back, nude to waist, himation around hips and legs, right leg forward, feet on footstool, eagle in extended right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, monogram below throne; $110.00 SALE PRICE $99.00
 


Macedonian Kingdom, Philip III Arrhidaeus and Alexander IV, 323 - 317 B.C., Struck in the Name of Philip

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Struck in the name of King Philip III Arrhidaeus, Alexander the Great's half-brother, under the regent Perdikkas. Philip III and Alexander's infant son, Alexander IV, were made joint kings after Alexander's death. Philip was the bastard son of Philip II and a dancer, Philinna of Larissa. Alexander the Great's mother, Olympias, allegedly poisoned her stepson Philip III as a child, leaving him mentally disabled, eliminating him as a rival to Alexander. Neither Philip III nor Alexander IV was capable of actual rule and both were selected only to serve as pawns. The regents held power, while Philip III was actually imprisoned. In 317, Philip was murdered by Olympias to ensure the succession of her grandson.
GS75265. Silver drachm, Price P56, SNG Munchen 947, Müller Alexander -, SNG Alpha Bank -, SNG Cop -, VF, bold full circle strike on obverse, reverse struck with a worn die, weight 4.272 g, maximum diameter 17.2 mm, die axis 0o, Ionia, Magnesia ad Maeandrum (near Tekin, Turkey) mint, struck under Menander or Kleito, c. 323 - 319 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, wearing Nemean lion scalp headdress; reverse ΦIΛIΠΠOY, Zeus seated left on throne without back, nude to waist, himation around hips and legs, feet on footstool, right leg drawn back, eagle in extended right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, IAT monogram left; $110.00 SALE PRICE $99.00
 


Magnesia ad Meandrum, Ionia, c. 350 - 190 B.C.

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The magistrates name is off flan or illegible on most examples of this type. None of the references list Eudemos. We know of only one other example of this type from Eudemos (it was sold on VCoins).
GB71669. Bronze AE 11, cf. BMC Ionia, 160, 17 - 18; SNG Cop 802; SNGvA 7920; SNG Munchen 593; SNG Tub 2926; SNG Kayhan -; SNG Keckman -, VF, well centered, clear name, green patina, light corrosion, light scratches, weight 2.115 g, maximum diameter 11.2 mm, die axis 0o, Magnesia ad Meandrum (near Tekin, Turkey) mint, magistrate Eudemos, c. 350 - 190 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo left, hair rolled; reverse forepart of bull swimming right, MAΓ above, meander pattern and EY∆HMOΣ (magistrate's name) left; very rare; $80.00 SALE PRICE $72.00
 


Magnesia ad Maeandrum, Ionia, 350 - 300 B.C.

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Magnesia ad Maeandrum was an inland city of Ionia, located on a small tributary of the Maeander River about 12 miles southeast of Ephesus.
GB72671. Brass AE 28, Imhoof MG p. 291, 89; Mionnet III p. 145, 620; SNG Cop -; SNGvA -; BMC Ionia -, VF/F, some corrosion, weight 14.368 g, maximum diameter 27.5 mm, die axis 0o, Magnesia ad Maeandrum (near Tekin, Turkey) mint, Pausanias and Metrodoros, magistrates; obverse rider on horseback right, holding lance; reverse tripod lebes with dome cover tied with fillets, MAΓNHTΩN above, ΠAYΣANIAΣ to right, MHTPO∆OPOΣ to left, monogram in exergue; ex Roger Liles Collection; very rare; $70.00 SALE PRICE $63.00
 


Magnesia, Ionia, c. 350 - 190 B.C.

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Magnesia ad Maeandrum was an inland city of Ionia, located on a small tributary of the Maeander River about 12 miles southeast of Ephesus. "..the temple of Artemis Leukophryene, which in the size of its shrine and in the number of its votive offerings is inferior to the temple at Ephesos, but in the harmony and skill shown in the structure of the sacred enclosure is far superior to it. And in size it surpasses all the sacred enclosures in Asia except two, that at Ephesos (to Artemis) and that at Didymoi (to Apollo)" -- Strabo, Geography 14. 1. 40.
RS77039. Bronze AE 16, BMC Ionia p. 161, 24 ff. var. (various different magistrates); SNG Cop 811 - 812 var. (same); SNG Cop 240 var. (same), F, green patina, centered, weight 2.280 g, maximum diameter 15.5 mm, die axis 0o, Magnesia ad Maeandrum (near Tekin, Turkey) mint, c. 350 - 190 B.C.; obverse armed horseman in chlamys prancing right, holding couched spear; reverse MAΓN, humped bull butting left, magistrate's names in exergue; scarce; $40.00 SALE PRICE $36.00
 


Magnesia ad Meandrum, Ionia, c. 350 - 190 B.C.

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Magnesia ad Maeandrum was an inland city of Ionia, located on a small tributary of the Maeander River about 12 miles southeast of Ephesus.
GB90145. Bronze AE 11, SNG Cop 802 (MAΓ); SNGvA 7920 var. (MA); cf. BMC Ionia, 160, 17 (larger, magistrates name on reverse), F, green patina, weight 1.546 g, maximum diameter 11.3 mm, die axis 45o, Magnesia ad Meandrum (near Tekin, Turkey) mint, c. 350 - 190 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo left, hair rolled; reverse MAΓ above, forepart of rushing bull right, meander pattern behind; ex Rudnik Numismatics; $27.00 SALE PRICE $24.30
 







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