MYSIA, Adramytteion

AE13. 1.8g, 13mm
MINTED: MYSIA, Adramytteion, after 350 BC
REF: Weber 4949
OBVERSE: Laureate head of Zeus, facing slightly right.

REVERSE: ΑΔΡΑ-M-Y, eagle standing left on rock; grain ear before.



Good Fine. Dark black-green patina. Slightly rough surfaces, but with a bold and clear facing head of Zeus. A rare and intriguing coin.


Historical Notes:

The coastal city of Adramytteion (located in modern day western Turkey) was founded in the 6th century BC as a small Athenian colony, and prior to the conquests of Alexander the Great, was at various times under the control of Mytilene, Lydia, and Persia.  During the Hellenstic period, it changed hands a few times before becoming a possession of the Attalid Kingdom of Pergamon.  Adramytteion survived into Roman times, and was rebuilt by Emperor Trajan after an earthquake devastated it.  The city is mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles as being the home port of the ship that St. Paul sailed on when he journeyed from Caesarea Maritima in Judaea to Myra in Lycia.

MYSIA, Adramytteion . After 350 BC . AE13 . Facing head of Zeus / Eagle **Rare**

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