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

(1) Alexander III 323-319 BC
AE unit Miletos?
Obverse: Head of young Heracles in lionskin righ
Reverse: Bow in quiver and club; AΛEΞANΔPOY, ?
Ref: Price 2102?
(2) Alexander III c. 290-275 BC
Obverse: head of young Heracles in lionskin right
Reverse: Zeus enthroned left, holding eagle and scepter; grape bunch AΛEΞANΔPOY (ΠYPΦ)
Ref: Price 2322; HGC 6, 1134
(3) Alexander III | Philip III 322-319 BC
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
Ref: Price 1751
(4) Antoninus Pius 138-161 AD
AE unit Ephesos
Obverse: laureate head right; KAICAP__ANTΩNEINOC
Reverse: Tyche standing half left, holding rudder cornucopia; EΦECI_ΩN
Ref: Karwiese 262; http://rpc.ashmus.ox....
(5) Claudius | Agrippina II c. 49-50 AD
AE unit Ephesos
Obverse: Conjoined laureate head of Claudius and draped bust of Agrippina II right
Reverse: Stag right; KOVΣI / NIOΣ / (TO) _ / Δ / EΦE
Ref: RPC I 2624; SNG Cop 373; BMC Ionia ...
(6) Ephesos 500-420 BC
Obverse: bee
Reverse: incuse square
Ref: Karwiese Series VI, 1B; SNG Kayhan ...
(7) Ephesos 375-325 BC
AE unit Ephesos
Obverse: E Φ. Bee
Reverse: Female head (Artemis?) left, wearing stephane
Ref: SNG von Aulock 1839; SNG Copenhagen...
(8) Ephesos 305-288 BC
AE unit Ephesos
Obverse: draped and turreted bust of Tyche? left, wearing earring and necklace
Reverse: bee; E _ Φ
Ref: BMC 68-70; SNGvA 1839; SNGCop 256
(9) Ephesos 295-280 BC
AE unit Ephesos
Obverse: bee; E _ Φ
Reverse: stag right, quiver above; AΠOΛΛOΔΩPOΣ
Ref: BMC 80-81; SNG Tuebingen 2773; Head...
(10) Ephesos 280-258 BC
AE unit Ephesos
Obverse: stag grazing right, quiver above; AΘHNAΓOP
Reverse: bee in wreath; E_Φ
Ref: Leiden coll. Kinns E,2
(11) Ephesos 280-258 BC
AE unit Ephesos
Obverse: bee in wreath; E _ Φ
Reverse: stag grazing right, quiver above; ΣOΛΩN
Ref: BMC 84; SNG Cop 269; SNG von Aulock...
(12) Ephesos 48-27 BC
AE unit Ephesos
Obverse: bee in wreath; E _ Φ
Reverse: stag standing right looking left; torch behind; ΠYΘΩN
Ref: SNG Cop 347; SNG Tuebingen 2805; SN...
(13) Ephesos 48-27 BC
AE unit 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
Ref: SNG Cop 342-343; BMC 182-184; SNG v...
(14) Ephesos 48-27 BC
AE unit 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
Ref: SNG Cop 342-343; BMC 182-184; SNG v...
(15) Erythrai 520-480 BC
Obverse: Rosette or floral pattern with central pellet
Reverse: Five pellets within cruciform incuse
Ref: SNG Kayhan 740 (Erythrai?); SNG von...
(16) Kolophon 520-500 BC
Obverse: head of Apollo right
Reverse: incuse square
Ref: SNG von Aulock 1810 var(head right)...
(17) Kolophon 450-410 BC
Obverse: head of Apollo facing
Reverse: incuse square; HM
Ref: Milne, Colophon 3; SNG Kayhan 355; ...
(18) Kolophon 320 - 294 BC
AE unit Kolophon
Obverse: laureate head of Apollo right
Reverse: horse right; MHTPOΔΩPOΣ KOΛ
Ref: Cf. Kinns 125-32; SNG von Aulock 79...
(19) Kolophon 330-285 BC
AE unit Kolophon
Obverse: diademed head of Apollo right
Reverse: lyre, palm right; AKAΣTOΣ ? KO
Ref: obverse - something like: BMC 38; S...
(20) Kolophon 330-285 BC
AE unit Kolophon
Obverse: laureate head of Apollo right
Reverse: rider holding spear pointed forwards & with chlamys flying behind, on horseback prancing right; KOΛ / APIΣTOΦANHΣ
Ref: Milne 129; Vienna 36616
(21) Miletos 6th-5th Century BC
Obverse: Forepart of a lion left, head right
Reverse: Stellate design within square incuse
Ref: SNG Kayhan 462-75
(22) Miletos 520-500 BC
Obverse: head of lion left
Reverse: star ornament within incuse square
Ref: Pfeiler, 6; SNG von Aulock 2080; BM...
(23) Miletos 520-500 BC
Obverse: head of lion left
Reverse: star ornament within incuse square
Ref: Grose 8210, SNGvA 2081, SNG Cop 944...
(24) Miletos 6th-5th century BC
Obverse: Forepart of lion left, head to right
Reverse: Stellate pattern within incuse square
Ref: SNG Kayhan 462-75
(25) Miletos | Erythrai c. 520-480 BC
Obverse: rosette with central pellet
Reverse: incuse quadrilobe, Stellate pattern of five pellets
Ref: SNG Kayhan 740; Klein 433.
(26) Phokaia c. 350-300 BC
AE unit Phokaia
Obverse: head of Hermes left with petasos
Reverse: forepart of a griffin left; BATIΣ
Ref: SNG KOP 23 1041
(27) Phokaia | Teos 521-478 BC
Obverse: head of griffin left
Reverse: incuse square
Ref: Cf. Hirsch 221, lot 331, BMC 88-89
(28) Priene 150-125 BC
AE unit 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
Ref: REGLING PRIENE 166/167; SNG AUL 215...
(29) Priene 150-125 BC
AE unit Priene
Obverse: helmeted head of Athena right
Reverse: facing owl standing on amphora over palm branch; ΠPIH on left, ΔIONY / ΣIOY to right
Ref: BMC 50
(30) Priene 150-125 BC
AE unit 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
Ref: BMC 50
(31) Smyrna 169-185 AD
AE unit Smyrna
Obverse: head of Zeus Arkaios right; ZEYC AKPAIOC
Reverse: eagle standing left, head right, wreath in beak; CMVPNA_IΩN
Ref: SNG Cop 1287; BMC Ionia, p. 255, 16...
(32) Smyrna c. 75-50 BC
AE unit Smyrna
Obverse: laureate head of Apollo right
Reverse: hand in caestus right, branch above; ΣMYPNAIΩN / AΘHNAΓOPAΣ
Ref: Milne, Autonomous Period XVII, Grou...
(33) Teos c. 500-460 BC
Obverse: Griffin seated right
Reverse: rough incuse square
Ref: Balcer group XXI, 51-6; SNG Copenha...
(34) Teos 475-450 BC
Obverse: seated griffin right, rising leg
Reverse: quadrate incuse square
Ref: SNG Kayhan 601
(35) Teos 375-350 BC
Obverse: Griffin seated right, left forepaw raised
Reverse: Lyre
Ref: None provided