AE18. 3.42g, 17.9mm
MINTED: AEOLIS, Kyme, circa 300-250 BC
REF: SNG Cop 69ff var. (magistrate name and monogram)
OBVERSE: Forepart of horse right, magistrate name below, KY above.
REVERSE: Oenochoe (one-handled jug), monogram to left.
Good Fine. Warm reddish-brown surfaces.
Historical Notes:Kyme was a city-port in northwestern Asia Minor, the largest of twelve Aeolian settlements named by Herodotus. Like Smyrna, Sinope, Myrina, Magnesia, and other cities in the region, Kyme owed its name and mythological founding to a queen of the Amazons, a legendary tribe of warrior-women of Skythian or Sarmatian origin.
At the outset of the 5th century BC, Kyme was under the control of the Persian Empire, but numbered amongst the cities in Asia Minor that unsuccessfully rebelled during the Ionian Revolt (499-493 BC). After his defeat by the Greeks at the naval Battle of Salamis in 480 BC, the Persian king Xerxes I sheltered the remnants of his fleet and troops within Kyme's large harbour and defensive walls.
AEOLIS, Kyme . Circa 300-250 BC . AE18 . Named after the Amazon Kyme
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