Ionia: uncertain satrap AE15 – Persian king/Relief map – Earliest Greek map as well as earliest relief map known, per Johnston – Well-preserved reverse

Ancient Coins - Ionia: uncertain satrap AE15 – Persian king/Relief map – Earliest Greek map as well as earliest relief map known, per Johnston – Well-preserved reverse
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Ionia: uncertain satrap Æ15, Achaemenid period (ca. 350-334 BC), 2.06gm, 14.5mm.  Obv: Persian king or hero in kneeling-running stance right, holding spear and bow; BA to left; countermark: star of eight points in incuse circle.  Rev: Incuse relief map (of the hinterland of Ephesos?).  A.E.M. Johnston, “The Earliest Preserved Greek Map: A New Ionian Coin Type,” JHS (1967), 1-3; Imhoof-Blumer, Kleinasiatische Münzen pl. 18, 22; BMC Ionia p324, 7.  VF, with the best preserved reverse of any specimen of its type sold in a major auction in the last 15 years. (A silver tetradrachm with the same two devices also exists, and specimens of it that are significantly better preserved than any surviving AE specimen are known. The tetradrachm shows a reverse that is more detailed than the reverse on the AE type, but decently preserved specimens of the tetradrachm are very expensive.)

Johnston argued that she could discern well-known specific features of the hinterland of Ephesos, such as the river valleys of the Caÿster and Maeander rivers as well as the Tmolos and Messogis mountains, on the reverse (see reference cited above). Johnston speculated that this type was struck by the Persian general Memnon at Ephesos.

Most known specimens of this type have the star-in-incuse-circle countermark.

价格 品种: 003043
US$ 475.00
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