LESBOS, Mytilene

EL Hekte. 2.53g, 10.1mm
MINTED: LESBOS, Mytilene, circa 375-326 BC
REF: Bodenstedt 95; HGC 6, 1021
OBVERSE: Laureate head of Apollo right.

REVERSE: Head of female right within linear square.



Almost Very Fine.  Lovely pale yellow-gold. Well-centered on a slightly compact flan.


Historical Notes:

Mytilene, the largest city on the island of Lesbos in the northeastern Aegean Sea, was known in ancient times for its wealth and culture.  Its famous citizens included the poetess Sappho and the sage and military leader Pittacus, who lived between 7th and 6th centuries BC.  After his time in Macedon tutoring the young Alexander the Great, Aristotle spent two years in Mytilene before returning to Athens.  

Mytilene was also famous for its large output of electrum coinage, struck using an alloy that was about 40% gold.

LESBOS, Mytilene . 375-327 BC . EL Hekte . Electrum coinage of Mytilene

SKU: 1580
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