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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, 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 Perdikkas 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 München -, VF, attractive style, toned, porous, light marks and scratches, weight 3.880 g, maximum diameter 16.9 mm, die axis 0o, Ionia, Magnesia ad Maeandrum 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; $125.00 (€111.25)
 


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. Perdikkas 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 München 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 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; $125.00 (€111.25)
 


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 München 593; SNG Tübingen 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 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; $95.00 (€84.55)
 


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 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; $80.00 (€71.20)
 


Marcus Aurelius, 7 March 161 - 17 March 180 A.D., Magnesia ad Maeandrum, Ionia

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"..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).
RP58784. Bronze AE 31, Schultz Magnesia 113 (R4), Imhoof MG 311, RPC Online -, SNG Cop -, SNGvA -, SNG München -, BMC Ionia -, et al. -, aF, weight 13.406 g, maximum diameter 30.9 mm, die axis 0o, Magnesia ad Maeandrum mint, magistrate Diophantus; as caesar, 139 - 161 A.D.; obverse M AIΛIOC AYPHΛIOC BHPOC KAICAP, bareheaded, draped, and cuirassed young bust right; reverse ΓPAM ∆IOΦAN TOY MAΓNHTΩN, facing cult statue of Artemis Leukophryene, wearing polos and veil, flanked by two Nikes over shoulders crowning her, eagles with open wings at feet; very rare; $65.00 (€57.85)
 


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 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; $45.00 (€40.05)
 


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 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; $30.00 (€26.70)
 







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