Ionia, Magnesia ad Maeandrum. c. 150-140 BC

Ionia, Magnesia ad Maeandrum. c. 150-140 BC


AR Tetradrachm, 16.86g (32mm, 12h). Stephanophoric type. Pausanias, son of Pausanias, "magistrate". Diademed and draped bust of Artemis right, bow and quiver over shoulder / Apollo Delphios standing left, elbow resting on tall tripod behind, holding branch tied with fillet; EYΦHMOΣ ΠAYΣANIOY to left, meander pattern below; all within laurel wreath.

Pedigree: Ex Peus, 26 April 1995, lot 343

References: Jones obv. die 8; SNG von Aulock 7922; SNG Copenhagen 844

Grade: very minor surface irregularities on obverse. Wonderfully struck. EF  (gk1002)

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Magnesia ad Maeandrum, in English, Magnesia on the Maeander, was a Greek settlement located in western Asia Minor, modern day Turkey. It was settled by the Aeolians of Thessaly, a place made famous in Homer’s Odyssey. Magnesia ad Maeandrum was so named to differentiate it from another Greek city-state in nearby Lydia, Magnesia ad Sipylum. Despite the fact that Magnesia was located in Ionia it was not accepted into the Ionian League due to its settlers being Thessalian Greeks.

This coin is a beautiful throwback of Classical Greek style injected into the evolving ancient world. By the time this coin was struck the heyday of Greek leadership was over and the Romans were starting to become the leaders of the ancient wor