Smyrna in Ionia. ca. 2nd to 1st century BC. AE 19.

Ancient Coins - Smyrna in Ionia. ca. 2nd to 1st century BC. AE 19.
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Denomination : AE 19.

Reference : Sear Greek - 4571 to 4573 variety, M-327

Size : 19.2 x 22.6 mm. Weight : 9.14 grams.

Grade : VF but Apollo's hair and nose are weakly struck.  The image of Homer is very nice.

Obverse : Head of Apollo right.

Reverse : Seated figure of Homer, holding a scroll, with the name of the city to the right and a magistrates name to the left.

Smyrna was one a several cities that claimed to be the birth place of Homer, which is why he is seen on some of their coins.  The scroll is placed in in Homer's hand to indicate his  is a literary figure (which is why we identify him as Homer on this coin).  The real Homer was blind and recited from memory,  and thus would probably not have actually made use of scrolls.

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