AE27. 7.24g, 26.6mm
MINTED: IONIA, Ephesus, circa AD 253-268
REF: Karwiese 1089
OBVERSE: AVT K ΠO ΛIKI ΓAΛΛIHNOC, laureate and draped bust right.
REVERSE: EΦECIΩN Δ [NEOK]OPΩN, Artemis standing right, holding bow and drawing arrow from quiver; hound at her side.
Very Fine. Dark green-red patina.
Artemis was the chief goddess of the city of Ephesus. She is celebrated on this reverse as Goddess of the Hunt.
Ex N. M. McQ. Holmes Collection (bought from Manton Associates, 1993)
Ephesos was the most prominent of the Greek cities founded in Ionia, reaching the height of its size, wealth, and political and commercial significance after it came under Roman control in 129 BC, and particularly when Emperor Augustus made it the capital of the Roman province of Asia. At its peak, up to 200,000 inhabitants may have lived in Ephesos, and the city was famous for its magnificent Temple of Artemis, one the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and also boasted an excellent harbour and a 25,000-seat amphitheatre, one of the largest in antiquity.
GALLIENUS . IONIA, Ephesus . AE27 . Artemis, Goddess of the Hunt . *Pedigreed*
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