Coins from Ionia
Ionia lies in central Western Anatolia (Asia Minor) on the shores of the Aegean Sea. The region is rather small and mountainous, unsuited for agriculture but excellent for seafaring.

Greek settlement took place in the 11th to 10th Centuries B.C. despite hostilities with the native Luwians. The Ionians were gradually conquered by the Lycian and later the Persian Empire, but was freed by Alexander and became a contested prize for the Hellenistic kings, until the last king of Pergamum bequeathed his land to Rome. Ionia offered the world countless philosophers and men of science, and a fabulous school of art.

This category covers the cities of Colophon, Ephesus, Magnesia ad Meandrum, Miletos, Phokaia, Smyrna, and more.
Ionia
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An AR Drachm struck c. 290-275 BC in Chios
Obverse: head of young Heracles in lionskin right

Reverse: Zeus enthroned left, holding eagle and scepter; grape bunch AΛEΞANΔPOY (ΠYPΦ)

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 4.2 g
No notes for this coin
Price 2322; HGC 6, 1134
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An AR Drachm struck 322-319 BC in Kolophon
Obverse: head of young Heracles in lion's skin right

Reverse: Zeus enthroned left, holding eagle and scepter, barleycorn under throne, spear-spike right AΛEΞANΔPOY

Diameter: 17.5 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 3.86 g
Philip III in the name of Alexander III
Price 1751
(3) Antigones I
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An AR Drachm struck c. 310-301 BC in Kolophon
Obverse: Head of Herakles right, wearing lion's skin

Reverse: Zeus Aëtophoros seated left; N in left field; Σ below throne.

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 4.21 g
No notes for this coin
Price 1802
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An AE unit struck 138-161 AD in Ephesos
Obverse: laureate head right; KAICAP__ANTΩNEINOC

Reverse: Tyche standing half left, holding rudder cornucopia; EΦECI_ΩN

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 7.7 g
No notes for this coin
Karwiese 262; http://rpc.ashmus.ox.ac.uk/coins/4/2242/
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An AE unit struck 198-217 AD in Magnesia ad Maeandrum
Obverse: laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right from behind; ???AP M AVP ANTΩNINOC

Reverse: Artemis Leucophryene facing within tetrastyle temple, small Nike on both sides; EΠI ΓPA AV_P Φ_IΛO_VMENOV B MAΓNHTΩN

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: -
Philoumenus, grammateus
SNG Cop. -. Schultz 188
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An AE unit struck c. 49-50 AD in Ephesos
Obverse: Conjoined laureate head of Claudius and draped bust of Agrippina II right

Reverse: Stag right; KOVΣI / NIOΣ / (TO) _ / Δ / EΦE

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 6.2 g
Kousinios magistrate ex Naumann
RPC I 2624; SNG Cop 373; BMC Ionia p. 73, 205; Weber 2875; SNG München -; SNGvA -,
(7) Ephesos
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An AR Drachm struck 500-420 BC in Ephesos
Obverse: bee

Reverse: incuse square

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 3.5 g
No notes for this coin
Karwiese Series VI, 1B; SNG Kayhan -
(8) Ephesos
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An AE unit struck 375-325 BC in Ephesos
Obverse: E Φ. Bee

Reverse: Female head (Artemis?) left, wearing stephane

Diameter: 11 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: -
No notes for this coin
SNG von Aulock 1839; SNG Copenhagen 256; BMC 68
(9) Ephesos
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An AE unit struck 305-288 BC in Ephesos
Obverse: draped and turreted bust of Tyche? left, wearing earring and necklace

Reverse: bee; E _ Φ

Diameter: 10.5 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 1.13 g
No notes for this coin
BMC 68-70; SNGvA 1839; SNGCop 256
(10) Ephesos
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An AE unit struck 295-280 BC in Ephesos
Obverse: bee; E _ Φ

Reverse: stag right, quiver above; AΠOΛΛOΔΩPOΣ

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 4.36 g
No notes for this coin
BMC 80-81; SNG Tuebingen 2773; Head Chronology, p. 41, class b, 1
(11) Ephesos
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An AE unit struck 280-258 BC in Ephesos
Obverse: stag grazing right, quiver above; AΘHNAΓOP

Reverse: bee in wreath; E_Φ

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 3.37 g
Athenagoros magistrate
Leiden coll. Kinns E,2
(12) Ephesos
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An AE unit struck 280-258 BC in Ephesos
Obverse: bee in wreath; E _ Φ

Reverse: stag grazing right, quiver above; ΣOΛΩN

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 4.21 g
No notes for this coin
BMC 84; SNG Cop 269; SNG von Aulock 1842; Head Chronology, p. 48, 5
(13) Ephesos
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An AE unit struck 48-27 BC in Ephesos
Obverse: bee in wreath; E _ Φ

Reverse: stag standing right looking left; torch behind; ΠYΘΩN

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 2.62 g
Python magistrate
SNG Cop 347; SNG Tuebingen 2805; SNG von Aulock 1873; Waddington 1604; Head Chronology, p. 76, 13; Subhi 2767.
(14) Ephesos
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An AE unit struck 48-27 BC in Ephesos
Obverse: Draped bust of Artemis right wearing stephane, bow and quiver at shoulder

Reverse: Two stags standing face to face with long torch between them; ΔHMH_TPIOΣ / KΩ_KOΣ / E_Φ / ΣΩΠATPOΣ

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 4.43 g
Demetrios, Kokos and Sopatros magistrates
SNG Cop 342-343; BMC 182-184; SNG von Aulock 1872 and 7856; Waddington 1608; Head, Chronology..p. 78, 6; SNG Munich 88-89
(15) Ephesos
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An AE unit struck 48-27 BC in Ephesos
Obverse: Draped bust of Artemis right wearing stephane, bow and quiver at shoulder

Reverse: Two stags standing face to face with long torch between them ΔHMH_TPIOΣ / KΩ_KOΣ E_Φ ΣΩΠATPOΣ

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 5.1 g
Demetrios, Kokos and Sopatros Magistrates
SNG Cop 342-343; BMC 182-184; SNG von Aulock 1872 and 7856; Waddington 1608; Head, Chronology..p. 78, 6; SNG Munich 88-89
(16) Erythrai
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An AR Hemitetartemorion struck 520-480 BC in Erythrai
Obverse: Rosette or floral pattern with central pellet

Reverse: Five pellets within cruciform incuse

Diameter: 3 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 0.09 g
This is only provisionally attributed to Erythrai by SNG Kayhan (740), whereas SNG von Aulock classifies it as 'Uncertain Ionia'.
SNG Kayhan 740 (Erythrai?); SNG von Aulock 1807 (Uncertain Ionia)
(17) Kolophon
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An AR Tetartemorion struck 520-500 BC in Kolophon
Obverse: head of Apollo right

Reverse: incuse square

Diameter: 5.5 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 0.17 g
No notes for this coin
SNG von Aulock 1810 var(head right); SNG Kayhan 352
(18) Kolophon
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An AR Hemiobol struck 450-410 BC in Kolophon
Obverse: head of Apollo facing

Reverse: incuse square; HM

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 0.47 g
No notes for this coin
Milne, Colophon 3; SNG Kayhan 355; SNG Copenhagen 133-4 var.
(19) Kolophon
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An AE unit struck 320 - 294 BC in Kolophon
Obverse: laureate head of Apollo right

Reverse: horse right; MHTPOΔΩPOΣ KOΛ

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 1.61 g
Metrodoros magistrate
Cf. Kinns 125-32; SNG von Aulock 7915
(20) Kolophon
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An AE unit struck 330-285 BC in Kolophon
Obverse: diademed head of Apollo right

Reverse: lyre, palm right; AKAΣTOΣ ? KO

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 2.42 g
No notes for this coin
obverse - something like: BMC 38; SNG von Aulock 7912 revers: Kinns 50-51; Milne, Colophon 145-146
(21) Kolophon
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An AE unit struck 330-285 BC in Kolophon
Obverse: laureate head of Apollo right

Reverse: rider holding spear pointed forwards & with chlamys flying behind, on horseback prancing right; KOΛ / APIΣTOΦANHΣ

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 4.31 g
No notes for this coin
Milne 129; Vienna 36616
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An AR Denarius struck 41 BC in Military Mint | Ephesos?
Obverse: head of Mark Antony right, M·ANT·I(MP)·(AV)G·III·VIR·R·P·C·M·BARBAT·Q·P

Reverse: head of Octavian Caesar right, CAESAR·IMP·PONT·III·VIR·R·P·C·

Diameter: 0 mm
Die Orientation: 0 H
Weight: 3.3 g

Mark Antony, Octavian Caesar, struck in Ephesus? from spring to early summer 41 BC. Moneyer held unusual office quaestor pro praetore in the east in 41-40 BC. He accompanie Mark Antony after the battle of Philippi. He was probably also Curule Aedile. He restored aedicula shrine on the Forum Romanum and fountain of goddess Juturna (Lacus Iuturnae).

Crawford 517/2, RSC I Mark Antony and Augustus 8, BMCRR 103, Sydenham 1181, SRCV I 1504
(23) Miletos | Erythrai
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An AR Hemitetartemorion struck c. 520-480 BC in Miletos | Erythrai
Obverse: rosette with central pellet

Reverse: incuse quadrilobe, Stellate pattern of five pellets

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: -
No notes for this coin
SNG Kayhan 740; Klein 433.
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An AR Drachm struck c. 323 - 319 BC in Magnesia ad Maeandrum
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

Diameter: 16.9 mm
Die Orientation: 0 H
Weight: 3.88 g
Struck under Menander or Kleito. VF. Attractive style, toned, porous, light marks and scratches. 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 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.
Price P57, Müller Alexander P89a, SNG Alpha Bank 857
(25) Phokaia
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An AE unit struck c. 350-300 BC in Phokaia
Obverse: head of Hermes left with petasos

Reverse: forepart of a griffin left; BATIΣ

Diameter: 20 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 4.12 g
No notes for this coin
SNG KOP 23 1041
(26) Phokaia
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An EL Hekte struck 478-387 BC in Phokaia
Obverse: female head left wearing sakkos and earrings; seal downwards

Reverse: quadripartite incuse square

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: -
No notes for this coin
Bodenstedt Em. 92.; CNG E-Auction 418 lot 279
(27) Phokaia | Teos
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An AR Tetartemorion struck 521-478 BC in Phokaia | Teos
Obverse: head of griffin left

Reverse: incuse square

Diameter: 5 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 0.28 g
No notes for this coin
Cf. Hirsch 221, lot 331, BMC 88-89
(28) Priene
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An AE unit struck 150-125 BC in Priene
Obverse: helmeted head of Athena right

Reverse: facing owl standing on amphora, star above pileus on both sides (caps of Dioscurii), ΠPI_H AXIΛΛEI / ΔHΣ

Diameter: 20 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 6.02 g
Achilleides
REGLING PRIENE 166/167; SNG AUL 2156; BMC 48
(29) Priene
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An AE unit struck 150-125 BC in Priene
Obverse: helmeted head of Athena right

Reverse: facing owl standing on amphora over palm branch; ΠPIH on left, ΔIONY / ΣIOY to right

Diameter: 16 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 7.58 g
No notes for this coin
BMC 50
(30) Priene
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An AE unit struck 150-125 BC in Priene
Obverse: helmeted head of Athena right

Reverse: facing owl standing on amphora over palm branch within wreath; ΠPIH on left, ΔIONY / ΣIOY to right

Diameter: 19 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 5.97 g
No notes for this coin
BMC 50
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An AE unit struck 198-211 AD in Samos
Obverse: laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Caracalla right from behind facing laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Septimius Severus left from behind; AV KAI M AVP ANTΩNEINOC AV KAI Λ CEΠ CEOVHPOC

Reverse: Septimus Severus on horse prancing right, wearing cuirass and chalmys, is about to spear fallen enemy; CA_M_I_Ω_N

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 25 g
No notes for this coin
BMC Greek (Ionia) 258.p376
(32) Smyrna
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An AE unit struck 240-260 AD in Smyrna
Obverse: head of Zeus Arkaios right; ZEYC AKPAIOC

Reverse: eagle standing left, head right, wreath in beak; CMVPNA_IΩN

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: -
No notes for this coin
SNG Cop 1287; BMC Ionia, p. 255, 165
(33) Smyrna
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An AE unit struck c. 75-50 BC in Smyrna
Obverse: laureate head of Apollo right

Reverse: hand in caestus right, branch above; ΣMYPNAIΩN / AΘHNAΓOPAΣ

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: -
Athenagoras magistrate
Milne, Autonomous Period XVII, Group δ, 390; SNG Copenhagen –.
(34) Teos
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An AR Hemidrachm struck c. 500-460 BC in Teos
Obverse: Griffin seated right

Reverse: rough incuse square

Diameter: 13 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 2.6 g
No notes for this coin
Balcer group XXI, 51-6; SNG Copenhagen 1434
(35) Teos
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An AR Tetartemorion struck 475-450 BC in Teos
Obverse: seated griffin right, rising leg

Reverse: quadrate incuse square

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 0.29 g
No notes for this coin
SNG Kayhan 601
(36) Teos
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An AR Diobol struck 375-350 BC in Teos
Obverse: Griffin seated right, left forepaw raised

Reverse: Lyre

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 0.88 g
No notes for this coin
No references provided for this coin
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An AE unit struck V 241-244 AD in Samos
Obverse: draped bust right wearing stephane; ΦOVPIA TRA_NKVIΛΛINA CEB

Reverse: Tyche facing, head left, wearing kalathos, holding rudder and cornucopia; CAM_IΩN

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 4.4 g
May 241 - 244 AD
SNG Copenhagen 1766; BMC 311; RPC VII 596; SNG Lindgren 599.