AE18. 3.42g, 17.9mm
MINTED: AEOLIS, Kyme, circa 350-250 BC
REF: cf. SNG Cop 57
OBVERSE: Bust of Artemis right, bow and quiver over shoulder.
REVERSE: Eagle standing right; magistrate's name behind. R: K-Y, one-handled jug.
Almost Very Fine. Somewhat rough dark green patina.
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 350-250 BC . AE18 . Eagle/One-handed jug
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