Ionia, Phocaea. c. 625-522 BC

Ionia, Phocaea. c. 625-522 BC


EL Hekte, 2.58g. Ram right with seal above / Mill-sail incuse.

References: Bodenstedt Ph 18

Grade: Formerly encapsulated by NGC and graded XF*, Strike: 5/5, Surface: 4/5. Wonderful centering and nicely struck with minor overall wear. aEF (gk1212)

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Phocaea was believed to be an Aeolian settlement by the ancient geographer Pausanias. Located on the western shores of Asia Minor (modern day Turkey), Phocaea, in Ionia, was among the earliest to strike coinage. Due to the proximity of the water, Phocaea were among the first Greeks to travel by sea voyage, and traveling as far as Spain. Apparently the king of Spain, Arganthonios was so impressed by their seafaring skills that he urged them to settle in his kingdom in Iberia. They refused the kind offer but went away instead with money from the admiring king to build defensive walls around the city to protect themselves from Persian advances.