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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
Methymna (BC 450-400) Nymph - Hemiobol293 viewsca 400 BC. AR Hemiobol (0.29g). Head of Nymph left, wearing sakkos and earring / Hen standing right, crescent above, within dotted incuse square. Rare. VF.
Mytilene (AD 253-268) AE 3391 viewsTime of Valerian and Gallienus, 253-268 AD. AE33 (16.66g). Homonoia with Pergamum. Turreted and draped bust of Tyche of Mytilene right / Tyche of Mytilene standing left, holdin Asklepios facing Tyche of Pergamum standing right, holding Artemis. Very rare. Attractive brown tone. gVF. Clain-Stefanelli coll.
Mytilene (BC 377-326) EL Hekte - B90434 viewsca 377-326 BC. EL Hekte (2.57g, 12h, 9mm). Wreathed head of young Dionysos right / Facing large bald head of satyr with small ‘ears’ and close cropped beard and moustache, all within linear square. Good VF. Carr coll.

There are seven general reverse varieties/types for Bodenstedt 90. This is the first known from an auction of what we can call "type 7."
Mytilene (BC 412-378) EL Hekte - B64325 viewsca 412-378 BC. EL Hekte (2.54g, 10mm). Laureate head of young Apollo 3⁄4 facing / Head of an Amazon in Thracian leather helmet with cheek guards to right. gVF. Bodenstedt records four examples of this type - one of which is this coin. A further five examples have appeared in auction. Ex Coll. James et Sneja Velkov, Auc. Jean Vinchon, Paris. 24 (11/1994), lot 138. Ex Bank Leu Auc. 7 (5/1973), lot 220.

The cataloguer of this coin at auction remarks that the obverse is a stylistic copy of the early tetradrachms of Amphipolis. See Kurt Regling, ZfN 33 (1922), p. 48, Anm. 2 and p. 60.
Methymna (BC 450-400) Triobol 152 viewsca 450-406 BC. AR Triobol (1.4g, 11mm). Helmeted head of Athena right / M - A, head of panther facing within incuse square. VF.
Mytilene (BC 400-350) Obol179 viewsca 400-350 BC. AR Obol (0.60g, 8mm). Lyre / MYT, lyre within linear square border. VF.
Mytilene (BC 250-200) AE 18437 viewsca 250-200 BC. AE18 (5.48g). Laureate head of Apollo right / MY/T-I, kithara, monograms on either side. Fine green patina, gVF. Gutknecht coll.
Methymna (BC 500-450) Diobol356 viewsca 500-450 BC. AR Diobol (1.36g). Facing head of Gorgon, tongue protruding, hair on forehead dotted / Bearded male head right, hair long at back, in Corinthian helmet, within dotted square border in shallow incuse. Apparently an unpublished reverse die, heavy dark patina, some surface corrosion but without wear, extremely rare.

Last additions - Lesbos
Mytilene (BC 521-478) EL 1/24 Stater - B- 6 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 & Lucius14 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 - B6133 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 var36 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 - B5841 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 - B4272 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
Mytilene (BC 377-326) EL Hekte - B- (B100/-)85 viewsca 377-326 BC. EL Hekte (2.54g, 10mm). Laureate head of Apollo right. / Female head (Persephone and Hecate) right, wearing triangular earring, all within linear square border. VF. Carr coll.

This coin is the second known of this type (the first was in Heritage Auc. 3046 (4/2016), lot 29113). These two hybrids appear to share the same reverse die, but the obverse is different. This coin appears to be a combination of B100 and a reverse unknown to Bodenstedt. However, the reverse is a die match with Coin ID #12999. The cataloguer of the Heritage example thought the reverse was B99. However, the reverse is different than B99 with the female wearing triangular earrings.
Jun 10, 2017
Mytilene (BC 454-427) EL Hekte - B52 var.62 viewsca 454-427 BC. EL Hekte (2.61g, 10.5mm, 10h). Young male head facing right, wearing taenia / In archaic style, wreathed male head facing right, wearing long beard slanted downwards, all within incuse square. Good VF. Carr coll.

This emission is a rarer issue of this type with a small head on the reverse. The identity of the individuals featured on this coin has been open to speculation. Some suggest the obverse male is a youthful river god. Some have suggested the male on the reverse is an older river god, others suggest it is Dionysos. Bodenstedt notes 29 examples of this general emission and within that only 4 of this variety. A further 81 examples have appeared at auction, this being the 81st and within that only 5 of this variety.
Jun 02, 2017