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.
An AR Tetradrachm struck 215-200 B.C. in Mytilene
Obverse: Head of Herakles to right, wearing lion skin headdress.

Reverse: AΛEΞANΔΡOY / ΠΑTR - Zeus seated left on throne, holding sceptre and eagle; in left field, monogram ΠΑTR above lyre.

Diameter: 32.3 mm
Die Orientation: 12 H
Weight: 15.73 g

Posthumous Issue

Price 1702; Müller 975; Mektepini hoard 244-246; Latakia hoard 47.
(2) Lesbos
An BL Hemiobol struck 500-450 BC in Lesbos
Obverse: confronting boar heads, creating the illusion of a facing head of a panther

Reverse: incuse square punch

Diameter: 8 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 0.49 g
1/20 or 1/24th of Stater
BMC Lesbos p152,18
(3) Mytilene
An AR Diobol struck 400-350 BC in Mytilene
Obverse: Laureate head of Apollo right

Reverse: MYTI. Head of Aphrodite or Sappho right; uncertain symbol to left; all within incuse circle

Diameter: 10 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 1.31 g
Ex-Pecunem 39-328
Cf. BMC 8-14; HGC 6, 1037.
(4) Mytilene | Alexander III
An AR Tetradrachm struck c. 188-170 BC in Mytilene
Obverse: head of young Heracles in lionskin right

Reverse: Zeus seated left, leaning on scepter, holding eagle, lyre left; AΛEΞANΔPOY / monogram / Δ

Diameter: 34.5 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 15.9 g
No notes for this coin
Price 1718