Ancient Coinage of Ionia, Miletos


Miletus or Miletos, near the mouth of the Meander River in Anatolia

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CIVIC AND SEMI-AUTONOMOUS COINAGE
AR 48thMiletos, Ionia, AR 1/48th Stater. ca 500 BC. Lion's head facing / lion's head left. TextImage
BMC 2vMiletos, Ionia Electrum Stater. Before 575 BC. Lion reclining left, head turned back, within rectangular frame divided into smaller rectangular compartments / Central oblong punch containing a fox standing left and three pellets, flanked by two square punches containing, respectively, a stag's head left and a cross shape formed by five joined dots. Traité II 19. TextImage
BMC 37Miletos, AR obol, struck under Hekatomnos (395-372 BC), satrap of Caria. 9 mm, 1.01 g. Head of lion left, E[KA] above / Stellate pattern within incuse square. Pozzi 2482; BMC 37-41; Klein 505.TextImage
BMC 47Miletos, Ionia. 350-300 BC. AE 14mm. Lion standing left, head turned back; IM monogram above / ΛYKOΣ around stellate pattern. BMC 47; Deppert Milet 279-280. TextImage
BMC 94Miletos, Ionia AR drachm, 260-250 BC. 20 mm, 5.18 g. Magistrate Alkon. Laureate head of Apollo left. / Lion standing left, head right, star above. MI monogram over T in left field, AΛKΩN in exergue. BMC 94; Deppert-Lippitz Milet 515.TextImage
BMC 103Miletos, Ionia, AE. 250-190 BC. Persic Standard. Magistrate Basileides. Laureate head of Apollo right, circle of dots / BAΣIΛEIΔHΣ beneath lion standing right, looking back at star in upper field, all within wreath. BMC 103; Deppert Milet 544-548; SNG Cop 991.TextImage
BMC 109Miletos, Ionia. 250-190 BC. AE 14mm. Laureate head of Apollo facing three-quarters to left / EYBATHΣ, Lion standing right, looking back at star above. Deppert Milet 609; BMC 109.TextImage
BMC 127Miletos, Ionia, 200-100 BC. Magistrate Hippolochos. AE18 mm, 4.52 gr. Laureate head of Apollo right / MI to left, Θ in right field, IΠΠOΛOCOΣ below, lion standing right, looking left, star above. SNG Cop 996; Deppert Milet 839-840; BMC 127.TextImage
BMC 139Miletos, Ionia, AE16. 39-17 BC. 3.68 g. Apollo Didymaios standing right, holding stag and bow / MIΛECIω-N, Lion crouching right, looking left, star above. Paris 1845; BMC 139-140; SNG Cop 1004; Sear 4521.TextImage
Boston 1882Miletos, Ionia, Electrum stater. ca 560-545 BC. 13.97g. Roaring lion lying left, head turned back, within a decorative rectangular frame / Three ornamental incuse punches, on the left a square punch containing a stag’s head right; in the centre a rectangular punch containing a fox running left (downwards) and an ornament; on the right a square punch containing a star of five dots connected by lines. Boston 1882; Weidauer 126 var. (direction of stag's head); SNG Kayhan 440 var.TextImage
Deppert 58Miletos, Ionia. 327/6 BC. AR Hemidrachm (1.33 gm). Laureate head of Apollo left / lion standing left, star above, MI monogram left, magistrate (...)NTIANO in ex. Deppert-Lippitz 58 (V27/R33) TextImage
Deppert 125ffMiletos, Ionia. Circa 352-325 BC. AR Drachm. Laureate head of Apollo left / ΔAMNAΣ beneath lion walking left, head turned back; monogram before, star above. TextImage
Deppert 738 varMiletus, Ionia, AR hemidrachm, 15 mm, ca. 175-85 BC. Magistrate Antiandros. Laureate head of Apollo right. / ANTIANΔΡOY beneath lion standing right, head turned back, star above. MI monogram in upper right field, ΡE monogram in lower right field. Deppert-Lippitz 738 var.TextImage
Deppert 757Ionia, Miletos AR Tetradrachm. ca 175 BC. Laureate head of Apollo right / MIΛHΣIΩN, lion standing right, head turned back, star above back; in right field, MI monogram above ΡE monogram, magistrate YΛIAΔHΣ in ex. TextImage
Head 107vAE15 of Miletos, Ionia. Laureate head of Apollo right / Lion standing right, looking back at star of six to eight rays in upper field, monogram right. ..-IΩN in ex. TextImage
Klein 415Miletos, Ionia. ca 600-550 BC. EL 1/12 Stater (hemihekte). 7 mm, 1.1 g. Lion's head right. / Incuse punch containing stellate or quincunx pattern of five dots connected by lines. Klein 415; SNG Kayhan 444–449.TextImage
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Klein 415vMiletos, Ionia. Mid-6th Century BC. EL Twelfth Stater (hemihekte)(1.12 g). Lion's head right / Incuse punch. TextImage
Klein 416Ionia, Miletos. Mid-6th Century BC. EL 1/24th Stater (0.58 gm). Lion head facing / Incuse punch. TextImage
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Klein 430Ionia, Miletos. Circa 525-494 BC. AR 1/48 Stater (0.21 gm). Lion's head left / Quail running left. TextImage
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Klein 443Miletus, Ionia, A10 mm, ca. 175-125 BC. Magistrate Herginos. Laureate head of Apollo right / Lion standing right, head turned back, star above, EΡΓINOΣ below. Marcellesi 50; Klein 443 (this coin).TextImage
Lindgren 513Miletos, Ionia AE17. ca 350-300 BC. Head of Apollo right / lion right, head turned back, star above. TextImage
Luynes 2634Miletos, Ionia, 600-400 BC. AR Trihemitartemorion, 7mm, 0.26 gr. Lion's head right within raised dotted border / Star of sixteen rays, eight long and eight short. Luynes coll. 2634.TextImage
Mionnet 731cfMiletos, Ionia. Circa 294-281 BC. AE 15mm. Laureate head of Apollo right / Lion advancing right, head turned back; star above; ZEUXILEW[S](magistrate). TextImage
RJO 77Miletos, Ionia autonomous Coinage AR 1/96th Stater. 0.12 g, 5.21mm. 525-500 BC. Lion's head right / Quail standing right in incuse square, two dots in opposing corners. RJO 77; cf SNG Berry 1045 (1/48 Stater).TextImage
Rosen 271Miletos, Ionia, ca 650-600 BC. EL Twelfth Stater (1.11 g). Forepart of lion left, head turned back. / Simple starlike floral design with four petals and central dot within incuse square. Rosen 271.TextImage
Rosen 275vMiletos, Ionia. Circa 600 BC. EL Twelfth Stater. Head of lion right / Cross of five pellets in incuse. TextImage
Rosen 403cfIonia, Magnestia AR Obol. Obscure obverse / scorpion within incuse square. TextImage
Rosen 407Ionia, Miletos AR 48th Stater or Hemitetartemorion. ca 500 BC. Lion's head left / Quail (bird) standing left within incuse. TextImage
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Rosen 579cfMiletos. 6th Century BC. AR Triobol. Facing lion head in dotted square / Stellate pattern within lattice-work square. TextImage
SNGBerry 1045Miletos, Ionia. Circa 500 BC. AR Hemitetartemorion. Lion's head right / Quail right within incuse square, two dots in field. SNG Berry 1045, Rosen 407/8. TextImage
SNG Berry 1046Ionia, Miletos. Circa 500 BC. AR Hemitetartemorion (0.16 g). Lion's head left / Quail left within incuse. Cf. Rosen 407/8. TextImage
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SNG Cop 378Miletos, Ionia. Circa 500 BC. AR Obol (0.67 gm). Protome of lion, seen from above / Scorpion within incuse. Rosen 403. TextImage
SNG Cop 948Ionia, Miletos. 6th - 5th Century B.C. AR Diobol. Forepart of lion right, head turned back / Star-like floral pattern. TextImage
SNG Cop 952Miletos, Ionia, AR 1/12 stater. Late 6th century BC. Forepart of lion left, head turned / Floral star pattern in incuse square. TextImage
SNG Cop 956Miletos, Ionia. 5th century BC. AR Hemidrachm. Lion crouching right / Stellate pattern within incuse square. TextImage
SNG Cop 959Miletos, Ionia AR Drachm. ca 352-325 BC. Laureate head of Apollo left / Lion walking left, looking right; star above, monogram before, magistrate ΔHMAINOΣ. Deppert-Lippitz 94-103. TextImage
SNG Cop 977Miletos, Ionia. ca 313-290 BC. AE 11mm. Laureate head of Apollo right / Lion standing right, head turned back; star above, magistrate AΡIΣTOΓOΡAΣ. Cambridge, Burkitt 1120.. TextImage
SNG Kayhan 440Miletos, Ionia, EL stater, Lydo-Milesian standard. 22 mm, 13.95 g. Lion reclining left, head right, within rectangular, ladder-patterned frame. / Central irregular oblong punch containing a fox left and a pattern of three dots, with a cross-shaped punch with five joined dots on the left and a square punch with a stag's head on the right. SNG Kayhan 440; Traité II-1, 19.TextImage
SNG Kayhan 443Miletos, Ionia. Circa 600-550 BC. EL Hekte - 1/6 Stater 11mm, 2.25 g. Lion reclining left, head turned back, within rectangular frame / Two square punches containing geometric and stellate designs. SNG Kayhan 443. TextImage
SNG Kayhan 444Ionia, Miletos. Circa 600-550 BC. EL Twelfth Stater or Hemihekte. Lion's head right / Punch with four pellets connected to central pellet. SNG Kayhan 444-448. TextImage
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SNG Kayhan 449Miletos, Ionia. Circa 600-550 BC. EL Twelfth Stater or Hemihekte. Lion's head left / Punch with four pellets connected to central pellet. SNG Kayhan 449; Rosen 275. TextImage
SNG Keck 925Miletos, Ionia. AR 1/48th stater. 0.21 grams, 5.39 mm. 525-494 BC. Lion's head right / Quail standing left within incuse square. SNG Keckman I, 925; Klein 432; Sear -.TextImage
SNG Tub 3000 cfMiletos, Ionia. AE 9mm (2nd-1st c. BC). 0.66 g. Forepart of lion left, head reverted / MI, Bird standing right. cf. SNG Tuebingen 3000; SNG Berry 1046 (no legend and silver).TextImage
SNG Tub 3001Miletos, Ionia, 510-494 BC. AR Tetartemorion 6 mm, 0.28 gr. Lion's head left / Bird standing left, within incuse square. SNG Tuebingen 3001-3005.TextImage
SNG vA 2082Miletos, Ionia. Ca 500 BC. AR 1/12th Stater. Head of roaring lion right / Stellate pattern within incuse square. Sear 3532; SNG von Aulock 2082.TextImage
Traité II-1, 14Ionia, Miletos. Before 575 BC. EL 1/3rd Stater - Trite. Lion reclining left, head turned back, within segmented rectangular frame / Two irregular incuse punches. TextImage
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Traite II-1, 63Miletos, Ionia. Electrum 1/12 Stater, 1.1 g. ca. 600-550 BC. Lion's head left. / Incuse punch containing stellate or quincunx pattern of five dots connected by lines. Traité II-1, 63; SNG Kayhan I, 449.TextImage
Traité II-1, 17vMiletos, Ionia EL Stater. Before 575 BC. Lion reclining right, head turned back, within rectangular frame divided into smaller rectangular compartments / Central oblong punch containing a running fox & three pellets; square punch below containing stellate pattern; square punch above containing N pattern. TextImage
Traité II-1, 23Miletos, Ionia, EL stater, Lydo-Milesian standard. 22 mm, 13.95 g. Lion reclining right, head left, within rectangular, ladder-patterned frame. / Central irregular oblong punch containing a fox left and a pattern of three dots, with a cross-shaped punch with five joined dots on the left and a square punch with a stag's head on the right. Traité II-1, 23; cf BMC 3 (the positions of the two smaller punches reversed).TextImage
Weidauer 126Ionia, Miletos EL Stater. Before 575 BC. Lion reclining left, head turned back, within segmented rectangular frame / Central oblong punch containing a running fox & three pellets; square punch above containing stag's head; square punch below containing stellate pattern. Boston MFA 1882. TextImage
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Weidauer 126cfIonia, Miletos EL Stater. Late seventh-early sixth century BC. Lion reclining left, head turned back, within double rectangular border with dentate pattern / Three incuses: the first square, containing stag head right; the second an elongated rectangle containing L & dog(?) left; the third, overlapping the second square & containing a cruciform pattern. TextImage
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Weidauer 130Miletos. Before 575 BC. EL Hekte. Lion reclining left, head turned back / Two divided incuse squares.TextImage
Sear SG 3532Miletos, Ionia, AR 1/12 Stater. c 525 BC, Lion's head right / Star ornament within incuse square. Grose 8207, SNG vA 2082, SNG Cop 952, BMC 185.TextImage
Sear SG 3533Miletos, Ionia AR 1/12 stater. ca 525 BC. Head of lion left / Star ornament within incuse square. Grose 8210, SNG vA 2081, BMC 186.TextImage
Sear SG 4502Miletos AR Drachm. Mid 4th century BC. Magistrate Kallaischros. Laureate head of Apollo left / KAΛΛAIΣXΡOΣ beneath lion standing left, looking back at star.TextImage
Sear 4508Miletos, Ionia AR Hemidrachm. 250-200 BC. Magistrate Deinostratos. Laureate head of Apollo left / ΔEINOΣTΡATOΣ, lion standing left, looking back at star. Monograms in left field. BMC 99.TextImage
Sear 4521Miletos, Ionia, AE17. Cult statue of Apollo right, holding leaping stag, and bow / Lion reclining right, looking back at star in upper field, monogram or letter before, MIΛHCIΩN below (No magistrate's name).TextImage
ROMAN PROVINCIAL COINS
CALIGULA
RPC 2703Caligula AE21 of Miletus, Ionia. AD 37-41. 5.33 g. ΓAIOΣ KAIΣAΡ ΓEΡMANIKOΣ ΣEBAΣTOΣ, laureate head right, star in right field. / MIΛHΣIΩN ΔIΔYMEYΣ, Apollo Didymeus standing right, holding bow and stag. RPC I 2703; Paris 1857.TextImage
RPC 2704Caligula, AE20 of Miletos, Ionia. 37-41 AD. 5.98 g. ΓAIOΣ KAIΣAΡ ΓEΡMANIKOΣ ΣEBAΣTOΣ, laureate head of Gaius Caligula right; star before / (from top left) MIΛHΣIΩN ΘEA ΔΡOYΣIΛΛA, draped bust of Drusilla right, wearing stephane. RPC 2704; BMC 144. Vagi 475; Mionnet III 776.TextImage
CLAUDIUS
RPC 2708Claudius, AE21 of Miletus, Ionia. AD 41-54. 5.82 g. ΣEBAΣTOΣ, laureate head left, star in left field. / MIΛHΣIΩN ΔIΔYMEYΣ, Apollo Didymeus standing right, holding bow and stag. RPC I 2708; BMC 146; Paris 1862; McClean 8242; Mionnet III, 777.TextImage
NERO
RPC 2713Nero, AE21 of Miletus, Ionia. AD 54-68. 4.56 g. Magistrate Ti. Dama.. ΣEBAΣTOSigma; (or CEBACTOC), laureate head right / EΠI TI ΔAMA MIΛHCIΩN downwards to left and right of Apollo standing right, holding bow and stag. RPC I 2713; BMC 148; Paris 1876; SNG von Aulock 2104; SNG Tuebingen 3084.TextImage
RPC 2713 (2)Nero, AE21 of Miletus, Ionia. AD 54-68. 4.56 g. Magistrate Ti. Dama.. CEBACTOC, laureate head right / EΠI TI ΔAMA MIΛHCIΩN downwards to left and right of Apollo standing right, holding bow and stag. RPC I 2713; BMC 148; Paris 1876; SNG von Aulock 2104; SNG Tuebingen 3084.TextImage
RPC 2714Nero, AE21 of Miletos, Ionia. AD 54-68. 6.71 g. ΣEBAΣTOΣ, bare head left / MIΛHΣIΩN EΠI TI ΔAMAΣ upwards and downwards to right and left of Apollo Didymeus standing right, holding bow and stag. RPC I 2714; Mionnet Supp. VI, 1248-1249 corr.; BMC 1991.2.7.3.TextImage
DOMITIAN
ANS 100-46597Domitian, AE20 of Miletos, Ionia. AD 81–96. 3.6 g. ΔOM CEBACTOC, laureate head of Domitian right / MIΛHC-TΩN around and beneath lion standing left, looking back at sun or star, all within dotted border. ANS 1944.100.46597; RJO 117. RPC-; Mionnet-; SNG Cop-; BMC-; Traite-.TextImage
RPC 1151Domitian, AE17 of Miletus, Ionia. AD 14-37. 4.21 g. CEBACTOC, laureate head right. / MIΛHCIΩN, Cult statue of Apollo Didymaeus standing right, holding stag and bow, star in right field. RPC II 1151-1152; BMC 152-153; SNG Tuebingen 3093; SNG Cop 1014; SNG von Aulock 2106.TextImage
RPC 1154Domitian, Miletos, AE15. ΣEBA-ΣTOΣ, Laureate draped bust right / MI, Lion leaping right, looking left at star, all within wreath. RPC 1154; BMC 154; SNG von Aulock 2107; SNG Lewis 1490.TextImage
HADRIAN
Imhoof GM 337Hadrian AE16 of Miletos, Ionia. AD 117-138. CEBACTOC, Laureate and cuirassed bust right / EΠI Φ ZΩMIΛH, Lion standing right, looking back; star above. Imhoof GM 337; SNG Tuebingen 3095; Waddington 1860; RPC 2137.TextImage
RPC 2139Hadrian AE27 of Miletos, AD 117-138.3.24 g. CEBACTOC, laureate, cuirassed bust right. / EΠI ΦΛ ZΩ B, Cult statue of Apollo Didymeus right. RPC III 2139; AK Collection K26.TextImage
SNG Cop 1018Hadrian, Miletos, Ionia. AE20. AΔΡIANOC CEBACTOC, laureate head right / EΠI ΡEΓINOY MIΛECIΩN, Apollo Didymeos standing left holding stag on outstretched right hand, and bow in left. SNG Cop. 1018 (same rev. die); Mionnet 1258.TextImage
SNG Munich 772Hadrian AE19 of Miletos, Ionia. AD 117-138. Magistrate Reginus. AΔΡIANOC CEBACTOC, laureate head right, slight drapery on left shoulder. / EΠI ΡHΓINOY MIΛHCIΩN, Cult image of Apollo Didymus standing right, holding bow and recumbent stag. SNG Munich 772; SNG Tuebingen 3094; RPC III 2141; Baldus 106 in Istanbuler Mitt. 1984; SNG Cop 1018.TextImage
ANTONINUS PIUS
SNG vA 2108Antoninus Pius, AE39 of Miletos, Alliance issue with Smyrna. AD 138-161. 24.93 g. AY KAI TI AI AΔΡ ANTΩNEINOC, laureate head right. / MEIΛHCIΩN CMYΡNAIΩN OMONOIA, Apollo Didymeus standing front on the left, holding stag and bow, looking right at the two Nemeses of Smyrna standing facing one another, the one on the right holding a sceptre. SNG von Aulock 2108; Mionnet III, 786; SNG Tuebingen 3097; Mabbott 1569; Winterthur 3186a.TextImage
MARCUS AURELIUS
Fontana 5Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus, AE40 of Miletos, Ionia. AD 161-169. Magistrate Ael. Themistocles. M AYΡ KAI ANTΩNINOC Λ AYΡ OYHΡOC KAI, laureate head of Marcus Aurelius, facing laureate head of Lucius Verus / EΠI AIΛ ΘEMICTOKΛEC ACIAΡXOY MIΛHCΩN around and beneath tetrastyle temple with statue of Apollo Didymeus standing within, holding bow. (Stag at his side?). Fontana 5 in Riv. It. Num 1975; MFA Boston 67.875 (this coin).TextImage
FAUSTINA II
SNG Tub 3101Faustina II, AE15 of Miletos, Ionia, 3.58 g. 146-180 AD. ΦAVCTINA, draped bust right / MIΛH[CIΩN], river-god Maendros reclining left, left hand to head, resting left arm on amphora from which waters flow. SNG Tuebingen 3101.TextImage
COMMODUS
SNG vA 2109Commodus, AE32 of Miletos, Ionia. AD 177-192. 17.55 g. Didymeia and Kommodeia Games issue. Magistrate Ail. Protoleon. AYT KAI M AYΡH KOMMOΔOC, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right. EΠI AIΛ ΠΡΩTOΛEONTOC TO B around ΔIΔY-MEIA KO-MOΔEIA-MIΛHCI-ΩN in five lines within laurel wreath. SNG von Aulock 2109; Franke KZR 244.TextImage
Weber 6061Commodus as Caesar, AE35 of Miletus, Ionia, AD 177-192. Magistrate Aelius Politus. Λ AYΡ KOMOΔOC KAICAΡ, bare-headed, draped bust right. / EΠI AIΛI ΠOΛEITOY MIΛHCIΩN, Apollo sitting left on rocks, right hand raised to head, left arm resting on a serpent-entwined omphalos. Weber 6061; Imhoof GM 338; Burstein 646; McClean 8244.TextImage
SEPTIMIUS SEVERUS
SNG vA 2110vSeptimius Severus, AE of Miletus, Ionia. 23.24 g. AVT KAI Λ CE CEOVHΡOC ΠEΡ, laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right, countermark: head of Apollo with branch before (Howgego 3) / EΠI ΠO AIΛ AIΛIANOY OΡBIANOY MEIΛHCIΩN, Artemis, veiled and holding patera and bow, standing beside Apollo, with bow and stag; altar between them, laurel branch to right. SNG von Aulock 2110 var (magistrate).TextImage
CARACALLA
CNG 115, 431Caracalla, AE37 of Miletus, Ionia. AD 198-217. 23.88 g. AY K MAΡ AYΡ ANTΩNEINOC, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right. / EΠI AΡX IΠΡYTANEOC AYΡ ΔHM... MEIΛHCIΩN, Artemis standing left, holding patera and bow, with stag standing left at foot, and Apollo standing left behind her, holding bow and small sitting figure. Tree between them. Unpublished. CNG 115, 431.TextImage
PLAUTILLA
BMC 162Plautilla, AE22 of Miletos, Ionia. ΦOΛ ΠΛAYTIΛΛA CEBACT, Draped bust right / MIΛHCIΩN, Nike advancing left with wreath and palm. BMC 162. _miletos_BMC_162TextImage
ELAGABALUS
Waddington 1875Elagabalus. AE19 of Miletus, Ionia. AD 218-222. 3.74 g. ANTΩNEINOC AYΓ, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right. / MIΛHCIΩN, Apollo Didymaeus standing front, holding stag and bow, lighted altar at foot left. Waddington 1875.TextImage
BALBINUS
BMC 164Balbinus, AE24 of Miletus, Ionia. AD 238. AYT K KAIΛI BAΛBEINOC, laureate, draped bust right. / MIΛHCIΩN NEOKOΡΩN, Leto hurrying right, looking back, holding the infants Apollo and Artemis in her arms. BMC 164; RPC VII 567.TextImage
Mionnet III 804Balbinus, AE24 of Miletus, Ionia. AD 238. 6.83 g. AYT K KAIΛI BAΛBEINOC, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right. / MIΛHCIΩN NEOKOΡΩN, tetrastyle temple with Apollo Didymeus, radiate, standing within, altar at foot right. Mionnet III 804.TextImage
VALERIAN I
GM 241, 1898Valerian I, AE32 of Miletus, Ionia, 11.8g. Archon Aurelius Diogenesos. AVT K ΠO ΛIKIN OVAΛ[EΡIANOC], laureate, draped bust right / EΠI AΡX AY ΔIO-ΓENOY ..M-IA MIΛHCIΩ-N around, in field and below, Apollo seated left on rocks, looking right, holding bow and reaching for an arrow from the quiver at his shoulder, serpent-entwined tripod altar to left. Gorny & Mosch 241, 1898TextImage
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