Ionia, Magnesia ad Maeandrum. c. 150 BC

Ionia, Magnesia ad Maeandrum. c. 150 BC


AR Tetradrachm, 16.69g (33mm, 12h). Diademed head of Artemis right, quiver at shoulder / ΜΑΓΝΗΤΩΝ, Apollo standing left, leaning against tall tripod; to left, ΕΥΦΗΜΟΣ ΠΑΥΣΑΝΙΟΥ; below, maeander pattern; all within wreath.

Pedigree: Ex Peus 291, 30 March 1977, lot 258

References: Weber 6003, pl. 211. Jones p. 102; SNG Berry 1068

Grade: Extremely sharp strike. Two small die break through eye on obverse and a small dig in front of face. Very insignificant hairline scratches on obverse and reverse. Beautiful lustrous surfaces. Mint State


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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 world.