Ancient Coinage of Ionia, Miletos


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

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CITY AND SEMI-AUTONOMOUS COINAGE
AR 48thIonia, Miletos, AR 1/48th Stater. ca 500 BC. Lion's head facing / lion's head left. TextImage
BMC 2vIonia, Miletos 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 & three pellets, flanked by two square punches containing, respectively, a stag's head left & stellate pattern. Traité II 19. TextImage
BMC 3Ionia, Miletos. Circa 6th Century BC. Electrum Twelfth Stater. Lion left, paw raised, head turned back and roaring / Crude ornamental incuse square. 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 47Ionia, Miletos. 350-300 BC. AE 14mm. Lion standing left, head turned back; I/M monogram / Stellate pattern; magistrate's name. TextImage
BMC 103Miletos, Ionia, AE. 250-190 BC. Persic Standard. Laureate head of Apollo right, circle of dots / Lion standing right, looking back at star in upper field, Magistrate's name BASILEIDHS below, all within wreath. BMC 103; cf Sear 4519.TextImage
BMC 109Ionia, Miletos. 250-190 BC. AE 14mm. Laureate head of Apollo 3/4 facing left / Lion right, looking back at star. TextImage
BMC 127Miletos, Ionia, 200-100 BC. Magistrate Ippolochos. AE18 mm, 4.52 gr. Laureate head of Apollo right / MI to left, Q in right field, IPPOLOCOS below, lion standing right, looking left, star above. SNG Cop 996; Deppert Milet 839-840; BMC 127.TextImage
BMC 139Miletos, Ionia, AE17, 3.74 gr. 2nd-1st c. BC. Apollon Didymaios standing right, holding stag and bow / Lion crouching right, looking left, star above, N in right field, MILECIWN below. 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 58Ionia, Miletos. 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 125ffIonia, Miletos. Circa 352-325 BC. AR Drachm. Laureate head of Apollo left / Lion walking left, head turned back; monogram before, star above; magistrate DAMNAS. TextImage
Deppert 757Ionia, Miletus AR Tetradrachm. ca 175 BC. Laureate head of Apollo right / MILHSIWN, lion standing right, head turned back, star above back; in right field, MI monogram above EP monogram, magistrate YLIADHS 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. ..-IWN in ex. TextImage
Klein 415Ionia, Miletos. Before 575 BC. EL 1/12 Stater. Lion head right / Incuse punch containing stellate or quincunx pattern. TextImage
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Klein 415vIonia, Miletos. Mid-6th Century BC. EL Twelfth Stater (1.12 gm). Lion 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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Lindgren 513Ionia, Miletos 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 731cfIonia, Miletos. 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 275vIonia, Miletos. 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 1045Ionia, Miletos. 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
SNGBerry 1046Ionia, Miletos. Circa 500 BC. AR Hemitetartemorion (0.16 gm). Lion's head left / Quail left within incuse. Cf. Rosen 407/8. TextImage
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SNGCop 378Ionia, Miletos. Circa 500 BC. AR Obol (0.67 gm). Protome of lion, seen from above / Scorpion within incuse. Rosen 403. TextImage
SNG Cop 948Ionia, Miletus. 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 956Ionia, Miletos. 5th century BC. AR Hemidrachm. Lion crouching right / Stellate pattern within incuse square. TextImage
SNG Cop 959Ionia, Miletos AR Drachm. ca 352-325 BC. Laureate head of Apollo left / Lion walking left, looking right; star above, monogram before, magistrate DHMAINOS. Deppert-Lippitz 94-103. TextImage
SNG Cop 977Ionia, Miletos. ca 313-290 BC. AE 11mm. Laureate head of Apollo right / Lion standing right, head turned back; star above, magistrate ARISTOGORAS. TextImage
SNG Kayhan 443Ionia, Miletos. 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 449Ionia, Miletos. Circa 600-550 BC. EL Twelfth Stater or Hemihekte. Lion's head left / Punch with four pellets connected to central pellet. 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 2082Ionia, Miletos. Ca 500 BC. AR 1/12th Stater. Head of roaring lion right / Stellate pattern within incuse square. Sear 3532; SNG von Aulock 2082.TextImage
Traite 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 17vIonia, Miletos 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
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, Miletus 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 3532Miletos, Ionia, AR 1/12 Stater. c 525 BC, Head of lion right / Star ornament within incuse square. Grose 8207, SNGvA 2082, SNG Cop 952, BMC 185.
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Sear 3533Miletos, Ionia AR 1/12 stater. c 525 BC. Head of lion left / Star ornament within incuse square. Grose 8210, SNGvA 2081, SNG Cop 944v, BMC 186.
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Sear 4502Miletos AR Drachm. Mid 4th century BC. Laureate head of Apollo left / Lion standing left, looking back at star. TextImage
Sear 4503Miletos, Ionia, AR hemidrachm. 1.44 gr. Laureate head of Apollo left / Lion standing left, looking back at a star. Magistrate's name off flan. BMC 68-73; Sear 4503.TextImage
Sear 4508Ionia, Miletos AR Hemidrachm. 250-200 BC. Laureate head of Apollo right / MIΛHΣIΩN, lion standing right, looking back at star. TextObvRev
Sear 4512Ionia, Miletos AR Octobol. 2nd century BC. Laureate head of of Apollo right / lion standing right, looking back at star.TextImage
Sear #4521Miletos, Ionia, AE17. Cult statue of Apollo right, holding leaping stag, and bow / Lion seated right, looking back at star in upper field, monogram before, MILHCIWN in exergue.TextObvRev
ROMAN PROVINCIAL COINS
CALIGULA
RPC 2704Caligula, AE20 of Miletos, Ionia. 37-41 AD. 5.98 g. GAIOS KAISAR GERMANIKOS SEBASTOS, laureate head of Gaius Caligula right; star before / (from top left) MILHSIWN QEA DROUSILLA, draped bust of Drusilla right, wearing stephane. RPC 2704. BMC 144. Vagi 475.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. DOM 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 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
SNG Cop 1018Hadrian, Miletos, Ionia. AE20. ADRIANOC CEBACTOC, laureate head right / EPI REGINOU MILECIWN, Apollo Didymeos standing left holding stag on outstretched right hand, and bow in left. SNG Cop. 1018 (same rev. die); Mionnet 1258.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
SNGTub 3101Faustina II, AE15 of Miletos, Ionia, 3.58 gr. 146-180 AD. FAVCTINA, draped bust right / MILH[CIWN], river-god Maendros reclining left, left hand to head, resting left arm on amphora from which waters flow. SNG Tuebingen 3101.TextImage
SEPTIMIUS SEVERUS
SNGvA 2110vSeptimius Severus, AE of Miletus, Ionia. 23.24 g. AVT KAI L CE CEOVHROC PER, laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right, countermark: head of Apollo with branch before (Howgego 3) / EPI PO AIL AILIANOY ORBIANOY MEILHCIWN, 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
PLAUTILLA
BMC 162Plautilla, AE22 of Miletos, Ionia. FOL PLAUTILLA CEBACT, Draped bust right / MILHCIWN, Nike advancing left with wreath and palm. BMC 162. _miletos_BMC_162TextImage
VALERIAN I
DL 824Valerian I, AE32 of Miletus, Ionia, 11.8g. Archon Aurelius Diogenes. AVT K PO LIKIN OVAL[ERIANOC], laureate, draped bust right / EPI ARX AV DIO-GEN DIDYMEIA?, MILHCIW-N in two lines below, Apollo seated left on rock, head right, right hand on head, left hand holding serpent entwined around omphalos to right; serpent-entwined tripod altar to left. Unpublished. Owner's ref: DL 824.TextImage
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