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Ancient Greek and Roman coins from Asia Minor



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Mytilene EL


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Lesbos Uncertain


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Random coins - Lesbos
Mytilene (AD 193-211) AE 45 - Septimius Severus119 viewsSeptimius Severus, 193-211 AD. AE45 - Medallion (54.14g). AY KAI A CЄΠ CЄOYHPOC ΠЄPTINAΞ, laureate, cuirassed bust right, wearing aegis / ЄΠI CTPA APT ЄMΩNOC TOY CЄKOYN Emperor in military dress standing left, holding parazonium and sacrifing with a patera over lighted altar. Behind Nike holding palm and crowing him. In exergue, MYTIΛHNAIΩN. Extremely rare. Brown tone. gVF.
Mytilene (BC 377-326) EL Hekte - B90694 viewsca 377-326 BC. EL Hekte (2.54g). Wreathed head of young Dionysos right / Facing head of satyr within linear square. Good VF.
Pordosilene (BC 450-400) Obol535 viewsca 400 BC. AR Obol (0.6g, 7mm). Young male head right, wearing tainia / ΠΟΡΔ, crab within incuse square. aVF. Extremely rare.
Mytilene (BC 521-478) EL Hekte - B21339 viewsca 521-478 BC. EL Hekte (2.5g, 4h, 10mm). Head of ram left; below, cock right / Incuse head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin, rectangular punch behind. VF.

Bodenstedt records eight examples of this type. A further eleven examples have appeared in auction.
Mytilene (BC 412-378) EL Hekte - B631221 viewsca 412-378 BC. EL Hekte (2.51g, 7h). Forepart of winged lion left / Sphinx seated right in incuse square. Good VF, lightly toned. Rare.
Mytilene (BC 521-478) EL Hekte - B04347 viewsca 521-478 BC. EL Hekte (2.41g). Forepart of a running bull / Incuse head of roaring lion left; rectangular punch behind. Very rare. Perfectly centered. Extremely fine. Outstanding example on broad flan and full centered.
Mytilene (BC 377-326) EL Hekte - B90283 viewsca 377-326 BC. EL Hekte (2.51g, 9h). Wreathed head of young Dionysos right/ Facing hairy large head of satyr, bunch of grapes in lower left field within linear square. Carr coll.

There are 6 varieties of reverses for Bodenstedt 90 and of this variety 5 known at time of sale. This coin appears on pages 226 and 227 as plate LN1168 in Joseph Linzalone’s book “Electrum and the Invention of Coinage”. Ex Demetrios Armounta Coll. Ex CNG 75 (5/2007) lot 347; Ex CNG 94 (9/2013), lot 498.
Nesos (300-200) AE 19499 viewsca 3rd century BC. AE19 (6.95g). Laureate head of Apollo right / [ΝΑΣΙ], dolphin right, palm branch below. Olive-green patina, VF. Very rare. Joy coll.; ex Lindgren coll.

Last additions - Lesbos
Nesos (BC 350-300) Hemidrachm17 viewsca 350-300 BC. AR Hemidrachm (2.75g). Laureate head of Apollo right / NACI, panther walking right, head turned back, palm-tree before, stalk of barley in exergue. gVF. Extremely rare. Nov 23, 2017
Mytilene (BC 454-427) EL Hekte - B-34 viewsca 521-478 BC. EL Hekte (2.51g, 10mm). Head of Persephone right / Lyre or kithara within incuse. VF. Carr coll.

This emission is not recorded in Bodenstedt. This is the 5th example to appear at auction. Reverse is die match to example auctioned by CNG Auc. 105 (5/2017), lot 285.
Oct 24, 2017
Mytilene (BC 521-478) EL 1/24 Stater - B- 70 viewsca 521-478 BC. EL 1/24 Stater (0.65g, 6mm, 11h). Head of calf to left / Incuse head of lion to left, rectangular punch behind. EF. Carr coll.

Unknown to Bodenstedt. One other recorded example known - Gorny & Mosch 195, 222 (12,000 EUR). This coin, coupled with 1/12 Stater on Asia Minor Coins (Coin ID #13297), confirms that Lesbos had fractions of a Stater in addition to the hekte.
Sep 30, 2017
Methymna (BC 27-14 AD) AE 18 - Augustus, Caius & Lucius32 viewsAugustus, 27 BC-14 AD. AE18 (5.00g). Alexander, magistrate. CЄBACTOC, bare head of Augustus right; lituus to right / AΛЄΞANΔPOC MAΘVMNAIΩN, jugate bare heads of Caius and Lucius right. Extremely rare. aVF.Aug 20, 2017
Mytilene (BC 412-378) EL Hekte - B6152 viewsca 412-378 BC. EL Hekte (2.52g, 10mm). Head of Io in three-quarter view right / Forepart of a cow facing right, all within incuse square. VF. Carr coll.

Bodenstedt notes 4 examples of this emission. A further 10 examples, including this one, have appeared at auction.
Jul 21, 2017
Mytilene (BC 521-478) EL Hekte - B21 var53 viewsca 521-478 BC. EL Hekte (2.50g, 10mm). Head of ram left, cock standing right, pecking at ground. Letter E (retrograde) below. / Incuse head of bearded Herakles wearing lion’s skin headdress facing right. VF. Carr coll.

This appears to be a ‘double variant’ emission. The coin is ‘clearly’ a hybrid of an obverse of Bodenstedt 21 (ram's head left with cock below) and the reverse of Bodenstedt 2, 15, 16, 20, or 26 (incuse lion's head right). There appear to be only 6 of this variant, this being the 6th. On the other hand, it is a variant in respect to the other 5 variant examples and the normal B21, as there is a letter “E” (retrograde) below the cock on the obverse. CNG Auc. 105, lot 238 (5/2017) is a similar coin, but it has an additional letter () below the cock. Hekte emissions of Mytilene that include the letters E are B14, B20, B23, B28, B35 and B-unknown CNG Triton XX (1/2017), lot 259 - these letters have been taken to denote the island of Lesbos. CNG suggest these B21 variants should be considered a new emission as, in addition to a different type combination, none have die matches with other dies.
Jul 21, 2017
Mytilene (BC 454-427) EL Hekte - B5868 viewsca 454-427 BC. EL Hekte (2.56g, 10.5mm, 4h). Laureate head of Apollo facing right / Rock partridge standing right in linear square, letter “F” in front, all within incuse square. gVF. Carr coll.

Bodenstedt notes 5 examples of this emission. A further 8 examples, including this one, have appeared at auction. A close examination of the examples that have appeared at auction reveals that 5 of the 8 are from the same reverse die, which shows deterioration and progression of a die crack. The sequence from no die crack is as follows: Roma Auc. X (4/2016), lot 370; CNG Auc. 102 (5/2016), lot 423 (this coin); CNG Auc, Triton XIX (1/2016), lot 198; CNG Auc. 69 (6/2005), lot 377 (Asia Minor Coins, Coin ID #1947); and CNG Auc. 384 (10/2016), lot 218. This group of 5 coins from the same reverse die also reveals what appears to be a letter “F” in front of the breast of the partridge. This letter is more distinct in in some coins than in others and has previously gone unrecorded in the descriptions of these coins.
Jul 02, 2017
Mytilene (BC 454-427) EL Hekte - B42101 viewsca 454-427 BC. EL Hekte (2.48g, 11mm, 12h). Forepart of a goat right, head reverted / Owl standing, wings spread, within incuse square. VF, lightly toned. Carr coll.

This emission is thought to have occurred at a time when Lesbos was a member of the Delian League – an alliance of around 330 Greek city-states formed in the first half of 477 BC and led by Athens for the purpose of defending themselves against the Persians. It is suggested that this emission may have been part of the Lesbos tribute (phoros) to the war chest of the League. The depiction of an owl on the reverse appears to have been copied from Athenian Dekadrachms and would seem to allude to the relationship with Athens. Bodenstedt notes 21 examples of this emission. A further 43 examples have appeared at auction, this being the 43rd.
Jun 30, 2017