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Ancient Coinage of Cyclades, Melos


The Cyclades island of Melos was conquered by Athens in 416-415 BC. The Melians were treated very harshly and most of the coinage of Melos was melted down. Coins from Melos are therefore very rare, the first coins of Melos were discovered in 1907 by Jameson.

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Jameson 1287Melos, Cyclades, AR Stater, ca 425-415 BC., 14.09g. Pomegranate / MALICN, triskeles around a large central pellet, all within a dotted circle within a shallow incuse circle. Jameson 1287; Pozzi 2030; McClean 7264; Lockett 2613.TextImage
Jameson 1300Melos, Cyclades, AR Stater, ca 475-460 BC., 14.21g. MALICN (retrograde), oinochoe, with a handle on right / Three dolphins swimming clockwise around a large central pellet, all within a dotted circle within a shallow incuse circle. Jameson 1300 (this coin); Babelon, Traité pl. CCXLII, 12 (this coin).TextImage
Mionnet 46Cyclades, Melos. Ca 3rd Century BC. AE 12mm (3.39 gm).Pomegranate / M A, kantharos in circular incuse. BMC 16var (letters). TextImage
RPC 1300Melos, Cyclades, AE19, Pseudo-autonomous issue. Time of Nero, 54-68 AD. 3.98 gr. Ti. Pankles, magistrate. Helmeted bust of Athena right, pomegranate(?) behind / EPI TI PANKLEOC TO G, Legend in four lines within wreath. RPC 1300; SNG Copenhagen 696; BMC 44.TextImage
See alsoPerseus Project database, coins of Melos
Entry for Cyclades, Melos on the Digital Historia Numorum
Search for Melus in the British SNG Volumes' Database at the Fitzwilliam Museum
Search for Melos at AncientImports.com
Search for Melos at Incitatus Coins

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