Ancient Coinage of Lesbos, Mytilene



Mytilene on the Island of Lesbos, in the Aegean Sea

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CIVIC AND SEMI-AUTONOMOUS COINAGE
BMC 5Mytilene, Lesbos. AR obol, ca 400-350 BC. 8 mm, 0.6 g. Head of Apollo right, hair bound in a taenia / M-YTI, calf's head right, within incuse square. Traité II-2, 2235; BMC 5; Imhoof MG 252.TextImage
BMC 12Lesbos, Mytilene AR Hemidrachm. 400-350 BC. Head of Apollo right / Female head (Aphrodite?) right, wearing earring, hair rolled. TextImage
BMC 17 varMytilene, Lesbos. AE9, ca 400-350 BC. 0.53 g. Laureate head of Apollo right / MY, calf's head right, club in left field. Var of BMC 17-18; BMC 21-22; SNG Cop 372-373 (all different symbol). Poss. unpublished.TextImage
BMC 23Mytilene, 400-350 BC. AE9, 0.90 gr. Laureate head of Apollo right / MY above, TI to left, bull's head right. BMC 23-24.TextImage
BMC 60Mytilene, Lesbos. AE9, BI Trihemiobol ca 480-400 BC. 0.84 g. Female head left / Head of lion right within incuse square. BMC 60-62; Hoover HGC 1095.TextImage
BMC 96Mytilene, Lesbos, 250-200 BC, AE 18mm. Laureate head of Apollo right / MY above, T-I across fields, Lyre, PMIT monogram at lower left, WPA monogram at lower right. BMC 96.TextImage
BMC 102Mytilene, Lesbos, EL 11mm, Hekte, ca 377-326 BC. 2.57 g. Head of youthful Dionysos right, wreathed with ivy / Laureate head of Herakles or youthful satyr right, lionskin or nebris tied around neck. BMC 102; Bodenstedt 93; Boston I 1736; Traité II-2, 2205.TextImage
BMC 121Mytilene, Lesbos. AE15, ca AD 250-268. 2.73 g. Head of Zeus Ammon right with horn of Ammon / MYTIΛH-NAIΩN, bearded herm of Dionysos facing, on prow, thyrsos in left field, mask right at lower left. BMC 121-125; SNG von Aulock 7754.TextImage
BMC 164 var (1)Mytilene, Lesbos. AE25, AD 117-192. ΛECBΩNAC HΡΩC NEOC, draped bust of Lesbonax right, wreathed with ivy / MYTIΛH-NAIΩN, youthful Dionysos(?) standing left by altar, holding kantharos and thyrsos. BMC 164 var (reverse image). Possibly unpublished with this reverse, not in any consulted works.TextImage
BMC 164 var (2)Mytilene, Lesbos, AE25, 166–192. ΛECBONAC HΡOC NEΩC, draped, youthful bust of Lesbonax right, wearing wreath of ivy leaves and berries / (from top right) MYTIΛENAIΩN, female figure standing left, holding kantharos over lighted altar, and long sceptre. BMC 164 var (reverse image).TextImage
BMC 168Mytilene, Lesbos, AE 12mm, 0.8 gr, time of the Antonines. NAV-CIKAA, diademed bust of Nausikaa right / MY-TI, lyre. BMC 168.TextImage
BMC 169Mytilene, Lesbos, AE20, 3.62 g. AD 117-192. ΨAΠΦΩ, draped bust of Sapphos right / MYTIΛH-NAIΩN, lyre. BMC 169; Borrell 9 in NC 1845.TextImage
BMC 184Mytilene, Lesbos. AE20, ca AD 250-268. 2.48 g. Head of Zeus Ammon right with horn of Ammon / MYTIΛH-NAIΩN, bearded herm of Dionysos facing, on prow, bunch of grapes at lower left. BMC 184; SNG Munich 771; SNG Cop 412.TextImage
Bodenstedt 1Lesbos, Mytilene EL Hekte. ca 521 BC. Forepart of bull running left, M before / incuse head of roaring lion left, incuse punches behind. TextImage
Bodenstedt 4Lesbos, Mytilene El Hekte. ca 515 BC. Forepart of bull running left / incuse head of roaring lion left, behind neck truncation incuse rectangle with uneven surface. TextImage
Bodenstedt 7Lesbos, Mytilene EL Hekte. Circa 521-478 BC. Head of a roaring lion right / Incuse head of a cock left. Rosen 552, SNG Copenhagen 302. TextImage
Bodenstedt 10Lesbos, Mytilene EL Hekte. Circa 521-478 BC. Forepart of winged boar right / Incuse head of roaring lion left. Boston MFA 1678 corr. TextImage
Bodenstedt 11LESBOS, Mytilene. c521-478 BC. EL Hekte. Head of ram right; cock below / Incuse head of roaring lion left, punch behind. Boston MFA 1677. TextImage
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Bodenstedt 12Lesbos, Mytilene EL Hekte. Circa 521-478 BC. Head of roaring lion right / Incuse head of cow left. BMC 23. TextImage
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Bodenstedt 13-16Lesbos, Mytilene. c521-478 BC. EL Hekte. Head of a roaring lion right / Incuse head of calf right. TextImage
Bodenstedt 13Lesbos, Mytilene EL Hekte. Circa 521-478 BC. Head of a roaring lion right / Incuse head of calf right. Dewing 2233, SNGvA 1685. TextImage
Bodenstedt 14Mytilene, Lesbos, EL Hekte (Sixth stater), 10mm, 2.57 gr. 521-478 BC. Head of roaring lion right, no wart on nose / Calf's head right. Bodenstedt 14; BMC 17.TextImage
Bodenstedt 15Lesbos, Mytilene EL Hekte. ca 521-478 BC. Forepart of a winged boar right / Incuse roaring lion's head right. Boston MFA 1676. TextImage
Bodenstedt 16Lesbos, Mytilene. c521-478 BC. EL Hekte. Head of ram right; cock below / Incuse head of roaring lion, punch behind. TextImage
Bodenstedt 18Lesbos, Mytilene. Circa 521-478 BC. EL Hekte. Ram's head right / Incuse head of Herakles right.Text
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Bodenstedt 19Lesbos, Mytilene EL Hekte. ca 521-478 BC. Facing gorgoneion with protruding tongue / Incuse head of Herakles right, in lion's skin headdress. Boston MFA 1675. TextImage
Bodenstedt 29Mytilene. Electrum heckte. 465 BC. 10mm, 2.46 gr. Bearded head of Herakles right in lionskin headdress / Head and neck of bull right. Bod.29; Traité 2145; SNG vA 1692; BMC 26.TextImage
Bodenstedt 35Lesbos, Mytilene EL Hekte. ca 454-427 BC. Helmeted head of Athena right / Confronted steer heads. SNG von Aulock 1695. TextImage
Bodenstedt 37Lesbos, Mytilene EL Hekte. ca 454-427 BC. Diademed head of a Silenos right / Butting ram heads, palmette between. Boston MFA 1685, SNG Lockett 275. TextImage
Bodenstedt 38Lesbos, Mytilene EL Hekte. Circa 454-427 BC. Head of Selinos facing slightly left / Head of roaring lion right. TextImage
Bodenstedt 42Lesbos, Mytilene EL Hekte. Circa 454-427 BC. Forepart of goat right, head reverted / Owl facing, with outspread wings, within linear square. Boston MFA 1682; SNG von Aulock 1693. TextImage
Bodenstedt 52Mytilene. c454-427 BC. EL Hekte. Head of youth right in taenia / Archaic bearded head (Dionysos?) right, within linear square. Boston MFA 1700; SNGvA 7731. TextImage
Bodenstedt 53Mytilene, Lesbos, electrum Hekte, ca 370 BC. 10.34mm. 2.50 gr. Head of Gorgoneion facing / Incuse head of lynx facing. Bodenstedt 53.2; Traité II-2, 2146.TextImage
Bodenstedt 54Lesbos, Mytelene, Electrum 1/6 stater. 478-455 BC. Head of Pan right / Gorgon facing, inside incuse square. TextImage
Bodenstedt 56Lesbos, Mytilene EL Hekte. ca 454-427 BC. Laureate head of Apollo right / Cow's head right in incuse square. Boston MFA 1702. TextImage
Bodenstedt 58Lesbos, Mytilene EL Hekte. ca 454-427 BC. Laureate head of Apollo right / Hen walking right in linear square within incuse square. Traité II 2199, SNG von Aulock 1699. TextImage
Bodenstedt 65Mytilene, Lesbos, EL Hekte (Sixth-stater). 10,5mm, 2,50g. Helmeted, bearded head of Ares right, winged griffin on helmet / Draped bust of Kore right, hair in a small chignon, all within linear border. Weber 5629; Bod.65; Traité 2196 ; Paris 2330; BMC 97.TextImage
Bodenstedt 67Lesbos, Mytilene EL Hekte. ca 412-378 BC. Head of Zeus Ammon right / Female head right in stephane within linear square. Boston MFA 1710. TextImage
Bodenstedt 70Mytilene, Lesbos, Electrum Hekte, ca. 396 BC. Laureate head of Apollo right / Female head right with long flowing hair, wearing necklace, within linear square in incuse square. Bodenstedt 70; Boston 1707; BMC 104; Sear -.TextImage
Bodenstedt 73Lesbos, Mytilene EL Hekte. ca 412-378 BC. Helmeted head of Athena right / Head of Artemis-Kybele right, in stephanos, within linear square. Boston MFA 1709. TextImage
Bodenstedt 77Lesbos, Mytilene EL Hekte. Circa 412-378 BC. Diademed head of Io right / Laureate head of Dionysos right. BMC 74, SNGCop 326. TextImage
Bodenstedt 83Lesbos, Mytilene EL Hekte. ca 377-326 BC. Head of Hermes right, in kausia / Crouching panther within linear square. Boston MFA 1740, Dewing 2240. TextImage
Bodenstedt 86Lesbos, Mytilene EL Hekte. Circa 377-326 BC. Head of Athena facing slightly right, in triple crested Attic helmet / Head of Hermes right, Petasos hanging behind head. BMC 71, Boston MFA 1733, SNGCop 319. TextImage
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Bodenstedt 87Lesbos, Mytilene EL Hekte. ca 377-326 BC. Wreathed head of young Dionysos right / Head of a satyr right. SNG von Aulock 1719. TextImage
Bodenstedt 88Lesbos, Mytilene EL Hekte. Circa 377-326 BC. Wreathed head of Persephone right / Butting bull left within linear square. Boston MFA 1722, SNG von Aulock 7737, SNG Lockett 2765, SNG Fitzwilliam 4350, Weber 5616 TextImage
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Bodenstedt 89Lesbos, Mytilene EL Hekte. ca 377-326 BC. EL Hekte. Wreathed head of Dionysos right / Wreathed head of Persephone right in linear square. Weber 5624. TextImage
Bodenstedt 90Lesbos, Mytilene EL Hekte. ca 377-326 BC. Wreathed head of young Dionysos right / Facing head of Silenos within linear square. Jameson 1488, Boston MFA 1725. TextImage
Bodenstedt 91Lesbos, Mytilene EL Hekte. Circa 377-326 BC. Veiled head of Demeter right / Tripod tied with filet. SNG von Aulock 1726, Boston MFA 1743, BMC Troas 121, SNG Lockett 2766, Pozzi 2335. TextImage
Bodenstedt 92Lesbos, Mytilene EL Hekte. ca 352 BC. Bust of maenad right, head thrown back, hair bound with sphendone, drapery covering left shoulder & breast / Race torch. SNG von Aulock 1723. TextImage
Bodenstedt 94Lesbos, Mytilene EL Hekte. ca 377-326 BC. Laureate head of Apollo right / Lyre within linear square. Boston MFA 1741. TextImage
Bodenstedt 95Lesbos, Mytilene EL Hekte. c377-326 BC. Laureate head of Apollo right / Head of female within linear square. Boston MFA 1727, Weber 5626. TextImage
Bodenstedt 95aLesbos, Mytilene. Circa 377-326 BC. Electrum Hekte. Laureate head of Apollo right / Female head right within linear square. TextImage
Bodenstedt 96Lesbos, Mytilene EL Hekte. ca 377-326 BC. Laureate head of Zeus right / Forepart of serpent right within linear square border. Boston MFA 1730-1731. TextImage
Bodenstedt 99Mytilene, Lesbos, EL Hekte (Sixth stater), 10mm, 2.54 gr. 377-326 BC. Head of a Kabiros right, wearing laureate pileus, two stars above / Female head right wearing earring, in linear square, all within incuse square. Bodenstedt 99.TextImage
Bodenstedt 100Lesbos, Mytilene EL Hekte. ca 377-326 BC. Laureate head of Apollo right / Head of Artemis right, hair in sphendone; serpent behind. Boston MFA 1720. TextImage
Bodenstedt 100bLesbos, Mytilene EL Hekte. Circa 377-326 BC. Laureate head of Apollo right; serpent to left / Head of Artemis right in linear square. SNG Copenhagen 317. TextImage
Bodenstedt 101Mytilene. c377-326 BC. EL Hekte. Laureate head of Zeus right / Half-length bust of Nike right with wings spread; two stars above; all in linear square. SNGvA 7741. TextImage
Bodenstedt 104Lesbos, Mytilene EL Hekte. ca 377-326 BC. Head of Apollo Karneios right, in horn of Ammon, three hooks along the hair parting / Eagle standing right, head turned to the left; within linear square. Boston MFA 1738-1739. TextImage
Bodenstedt 105Lesbos, Mytilene. Ca 377-326 BC. EL Hekte (11mm, 2.53 g, 6h). Helmeted head of Athena right / Owl standing right, head facing, within linear square. Bodenstedt 105; SNG Copenhagen 315; Boston MFA 1745.TextImage
Bodenstedt 221ancient imitationMytilene, Lesbos, ancient imitation of an electrum Hekte. ca. 450-400 v.Ch. AE 10mm; 2.5g. Head of satyr right / Two rams heads confronting each other, palm branch above. Ancient imitation of Bodenstedt 221; SNG von Aulock 1700.TextImage
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ancient imitation
Mytilene, Lesbos, ancient imitation of an electrum Hekte. ca. 450-400 v.Ch. AE 10mm; 2.5g. Head of Apollo right, with horn of Ammon / Male head left, imitating Herakles?.TextImage
Hurter 21Mytilene, Lesbos, Electrum Hekte. 370-360 BC. Head of the nymph Mytilene right / N-I-K-A in the four corners, head of female right within linear square. Hurter (2001), 21.TextImage
Imhoof MG 251Mytilene, Lesbos. AR triobol, ca 400-350 BC. 12 mm, 1.9 g. Laureate head of Apollo right / M-Y-T-I clockwise around bull's head right, slightly facing, within incuse square. Traité II-2, 2234; Imhoof MG 251.TextImage
Mionnet 116Mytilene, Lesbos, AE25, 166–192. ΛECBONAX HΡOC NEΩC, draped, youthful bust of Lesbonax right, wearing wreath of ivy leaves and berries / (from top right) MYTIΛENAIΩN, bearded male figure (the orator Potamon?) standing right, holding scroll in right hand and long sceptre in left. RPC Online 2648; Mionnet 116.TextImage
SNG Berry 1003Mytilese, Lesbos, AR hemiobol, 8mm, 0.49 gr. 377-326 BC. ΛE, two confronting boar's heads / Helmeted head of Athena right within incuse square. SNG Berry 1003.TextImage
SNG Cop 370Lesbos, Mytilene AR Diobol. Circa 400-350 BC. Laureate head of Apollo right / Calf's head right. TextImage
SNG Cop 376Mytilene, Lesbos. AR triobol, ca 350-300 BC. 24mm, 2.63 g. Laureate head of Apollo right / MY-T-I above and to left and right of lyre, coiled serpent at lower left, all within linear square. SNG Cop 376; Loscombe 411; SNG von Aulock 7751; Traité II-2, 1.TextImage
SNG Cop 387Mytilene, Lesbos,_250-200 BC. AE17. Laureate head of Apollo right / MY above, T-I to left and right of lyre, monograms to lower left and right. SNG Cop. 387; SNG Munich 734.TextImage
SNG Cop 396Mytilene, Lesbos. AE16, 1st c. BC. 2.59 g. Head of Zeus Ammon right with horn of Ammon / MYTI to right of bearded herm of Dionysos facing, on prow, thyrsos in left field, (mask at lower left), monogram at lower right. SNG Cop 396; SNG von Aulock 7754.TextImage
SNG Cop 398Mytilene, Lesbos. AE20, ca 200-1 BC. 6.11 g. Laureate head of Zeus right / MY-TI in two lines within wreath. SNG Cop 398.TextImage
SNG vA 7731Mytilene, Lesbos, Electrum. 2.46 gr. Youthful male head right, hair bound in a taenia / Bearded head of a satyr right within incuse square. SNG von Aulock 7731; Traité II-2, 2173.TextImage
Weber 5673Lesbos, Mytilene AR Stater. Circa 350-250 BC. Laureate head of Apollo right / MY/T-I, lyre; all within a linear square. SNG von Aulock 7751, SNG Lockett 2782, Pozzi 2345. TextImage
Sear 4244Mytilene, Lesbos, Electrum Hekte (Sixth Stater). 450-330 BC. Head of satyr or Silenos right / Two rams' heads butting within incuse square. Bodenstedt 37; SNG Lockett 275; SNG von Aulock 1700; BMC 39-41; Sear Greece 4244.TextImage
Sear 4245Lesbos, Mytilene El Hekte. ca 454-427 BC. Diademed female head facing slightly right / Bull's head left; M above. BMC 50.TextImage
Sear 4250Lesbos, Mytelene EL Hekte. Circa 400 BC. Laureate head of Apollo right / Head of Artemis right, inside linear square. Bodenstedt 100ff.
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Sear 4262Lesbos AR Diobol. 400-350 BC. Laureate head of Apollo right / Female head right, cicada behind. TextObv-Rev
Sear 4265Lesbos AR Hemidrachm. Circa 400-350 BC. Laureate head of Apollo right / Lyre, MY T I in fields, thyrsos to left. TextObv-Rev
Sear 4274Mytilene, Lesbos, AE 18. 400-350 BC. Beardless head of Zeus Ammon right, horned and bound with tainia / M-Y/T-I, terminal figure of bearded Dionysos facing, on pedestal. SNG Cop. 396; SNG von Aulock 7754 (with thyrsus to left) TextImage
VESPASIAN
SNG Tuebingen 4744
RPC 911 var
Vespasian AE23 of Mytilene, Lesbos. AD 69-79. 11.46 g. [OYECΠACIANOC CEBACTOC], laureate head of Vespasian left / [TITOC KAICAΡ ΔOMITIANOC], laureate heads of Titus and Domitian facing each other. SNG Tuebingen 4744; RPC II 911 var. (head of Vespasian right).TextImage
COMMODUS
BMC 204Commodus, AE35 of Mytilene, Lesbos. AD 177-192. AYTOKΡA KΛ AYΡ KOMMOΔOC, youthful, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right / EΠI CTΡA M AYΡH ΠΡΩTEOY around, MYTIΛHNAI-ΩN below, emperor on horseback riding right, holding spear, crowned by Nike standing right behind him, trophy, sitting captive and Tyche before the horse. BMC 204; Mionnet III 148.TextImage
CARACALLA
BMC 211Caracalla, AE34 of Mytilene, Lesbos. AD 198-217. AYT KA MAΡ AY ANTΩNEINOC, laureate, draped bust right / EΠI CTΡA ΠO IOY ΛLEONTEΩC around, MYTIΛHNAIΩN below, Nike, holding long palm branch, driving biga walking left. BMC 211; Mytilene hoard 364.TextImage
Entry for Lesbos, Mytilene on the Digital Historia Numorum
Search for Mytilene in the British SNG Volumes' Database at the Fitzwilliam Museum

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