Coins from Lesbos
Lesbos is the third largest Greek island, located in the northeastern Aegean Sea, separated from Turkey by the narrow Mytilini Strait.

Greek emigrants, mainly from Thessaly, arrived probably beginning in the Late Bronze Age. In Hellenistic times, the island belonged to various successor kingdoms until 79 B.C., when it passed into Roman hands. The most powerful cities were Mytilene and Methymna.

In addition to the local coins, two important coinages, one in billon and another in electrum, had a general circulation throughout the island.


(1) Lesbos 500-450 BC
Obverse: confronting boar heads, creating the illusion of a facing head of a panther
Reverse: incuse square punch
Ref: BMC Lesbos p152,18
(2) Mytilene 400-350 BC
Obverse: Laureate head of Apollo right
Reverse: MYTI. Head of Aphrodite or Sappho right; uncertain symbol to left; all within incuse circle
Ref: Cf. BMC 8-14; HGC 6, 1037.
(3) Mytilene | Alexander III c. 188-170 BC
Obverse: head of young Heracles in lionskin right
Reverse: Zeus seated left, leaning on scepter, holding eagle, lyre left; AΛEΞANΔPOY / monogram / Δ
Ref: Price 1718