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Miletos was an ancient Greek city on the western coast of Anatolia, near the mouth of the Maeander River in ancient Caria. By the 6th century B.C., Miletus had earned a maritime empire with many colonies, but brushed up against powerful Lydia at home, and the tyrant Polycrates of its neighbor to the west, Samos. When Cyrus of Persia defeated Croesus of Lydia in the middle of the 6th century B.C., Miletus fell under Persian rule. Miletos, along with most of Anatolia, was taken from Persia by Alexander the Great in 334 B.C. Miletos' greatest wealth and splendor was reached during the Hellenistic era and Roman times. Its ruins are located near the modern town of Balat in Aydin Province, Turkey. The symbols found on coins of Miletos include the lion, a star, and Apollo.
Caligula, 16 March 37 - 24 January 41 A.D.
This is an apparently unpublished and possibly unique variety of RPC I 2707. RPC I identifies only three specimens of the extremely rare but published variety with Caligula's head right and a star before him. The obverse die of this coin is shared with RPC I S-2704, which has a Drusilla reverse. We did not find another specimen of this variety online or in the many references examined.
The temple depicted could be a simplified representation of the great Temple of Apollo at Didyma, located within Milesian territory and linked to Miletus by a sacred road. For other possible identities of the temple, see The Hexastyle Temple of Caligula by Joe Geranio in NumisWiki. RP87106. Brass AE 21, Apparently unpublished; RPC I S-2704A/2707 (normal obv. for 2702 is head r. with star before), F, dark patina with brass showing where it is worn, tight flan, obverselegend not fully struck, lamination flaw on rev. 9:00, porous, weight 6.123 g, maximum diameter 20.9 mm, die axis 225o, Miletos mint, 38 - 24 Jan 41 A.D.; obverse ΓAIOΣ KAIΣAP ΓEPMANIKOΣ ΣEBAΣTOΣ, laureate head left, no star; reversehexastyle temple, MIΛHΣIΩN in exergue; possibly unique; $300.00 (€255.00)
Miletos, Ionia, c. 225 - 195 B.C.
The ME monogram is listed in Deppert-Lippitz on drachms issued by the magistrates EYKΛEI∆HΣ (Eukleides) and TYXΩN (Tychon), but the bronze is apparently unpublished. The magistrate's name on our coin is obscure.GB90766. Bronze AE 14, apparently unpublished; cf. Deppert-Lippitz 715 ff. (different monogram, etc.); SNG Cop 985 (obscure monogram, etc.); BMC Ionia -, F, weight 2.157 g, maximum diameter 14.2 mm, die axis 0o, Miletos (near Balat, Turkey) mint, c. 225 - 195 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right; reverselion standing right, looking back at star of eight rays, no exergue line, MI (Miletos) monogram over ME monogram right, magistrate's name below; ex Forum (2010); very rare; $40.00 (€34.00)
Miletos, Ionia, c. 600 - 550 B.C.
Before the Persian invasion in the middle of the 6th century B.C., Miletus was the greatest and wealthiest of Greek cities and had a maritime empire with many colonies. After Cyrus of Persia defeated Croesus of Lydia in the middle of the 6th century B.C., Miletus fell under Persian rule.SH56865. Electrum 1/12th stater, Linzalone LN1120, SNG Kayhan 444 - 448, Klein 415, SNG Cop -, Rosen -, Weidauer -, aVF, weight 1.129 g, maximum diameter 7.1 mm, Miletos (near Balat, Turkey) mint, 600 - 550 B.C.; obverse lion's forepart right, right paw outstretched; reversecross of four pellets connected to a central pellet within a quadralobe incuse; SOLD
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