AR Hemiobol. 0.3g, 7.3mm
MINTED: AEOLIS, Kyme, circa 480-450 BC
REF: SNG von Aulock 1623
OBVERSE: KY, head of eagle left.
REVERSE: Quadripartite incuse square.
Very Fine. The typical cyrstallization expected for a silver fraction of this antiquity. Bold head of eagle on the obverse. These silver fractional denominations are small in size but remarkable for the amount of skill that must have been required to handcraft the dies used to produce them. Frequently, they are not as common as the larger silver denominations, but because of their size, are underappreciated by general collectors and hence remain relatively affordable.
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 480-450 BC . AR Hemiobol . Affordable 2,400 year old silver
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