European Greek Coins For Sale

The Greek islands of Cyprus and Crete during the 16th - 10th centuries BC were international trading ports where Assyrians, Mesopotamians and Egyptians met to trade their goods. As each territory had its own currency (Egypt traded in gold; Greece in silver and copper), it became necessary to find a monetary common denominator on which to base trade.

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Greek Thebes 'Boeotia' Stater 026232

Greek Thebes 'Boeotia' Stater
Silver, 12.14 grams. Circa 395-338 BC. Obverse: Boeotian shield. Reverse: amphora; KA-LI (?) across field. BMC Central Greece 151; SNG Copenhagen 314; cf Sear 2398 (magistrate's name). Good very fine.
£275.00

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Greek Thebes 'Boeotia' Stater 026232
Greek Aspendos Civic Coinage 'Wrestlers' Stater 026228

Greek Aspendos Civic Coinage 'Wrestlers' Stater
Silver, 10.96 grams. 425-300 BC. Obverse: no legend, two naked wrestlers grappling, A between them, all in dotted circular frame. Reverse: ESTFEDIIVS, slinger standing right, loosing shot, triskeles to right, all within dotted square. BMC 26; Sear 5396. Good very fine. A significant coin which has been published on wildwinds.com
£450.00

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Greek Aspendos Civic Coinage 'Wrestlers' Stater 026228
Civic Coinage 'Rhodian Rose' Drachm 024975

Civic Coinage 'Rhodian Rose' Drachm
Silver, 2.39 grams, 14.94 mm. Rhodes, Caria. Circa 304-166 BC. Obverse: no legend, head of Helios facing slightly right, hair loose. Reverse: magistrate's name above rose with tendrils. Sear 5052. Very fine.
£165.00

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Civic Coinage 'Rhodian Rose' Drachm 024975
Civic Coinage 'Wheel' Obol 023769

Civic Coinage 'Wheel' Obol
Silver, 0.61 grams, 10.41 mm. Massalia, Gaul. ca. 400 BC. Obverse: no legend, bare head of Apollo left. Reverse: M—A in two quarters of four-spoked wheel. Sear Greek 72; De la Tour 580-593. Extremely fine.
£120.00

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Civic Coinage 'Wheel' Obol 023769
Civic Coinage 'Wolf' Obol 025381

Civic Coinage 'Wolf' Obol
Silver, 0.51 grams, 10.72 mm. Laranda, Lycaonia. Circa 300 BC. Obverse: no legend, unclear, but possibly Baal seated left, holding grain ears or head of Baal facing. Reverse: no legend, forepart of wolf right, crescent resembling an omega above. cf SNG Levante 225-227; Sear -. Very fine.
£75.00

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Civic Coinage 'Wolf' Obol 025381
Civic Coinage 'Apollo and Athena' Stater 025337

Civic Coinage 'Apollo and Athena' Stater
Silver, 10.56 grams, 22.21 mm. Side, Pamphylia. Circa 375-333 BC. Obverse: Pamphylian legend, Athena standing left, holding Nike, spear and shield; pomegranate to left, Pamphylian letters to right. Reverse: Pamphylian legend, Apollo standing left, wearing chiton and chlamys, holding patera and laurel staff, lighted altar at feet. SNG von Aulock 4772; SNG Cop. 375; BMC 16ff; Sear 5430. Good very fine/good.
£250.00

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Civic Coinage 'Apollo and Athena' Stater 025337
Civic Coinage 'Apollo' Tetartemorion 025107

Civic Coinage 'Apollo' Tetartemorion
Silver, 0.19 grams, 6.31 mm. Kolophon, Ionia. 490-400 BC. Obverse: no legend, head of Apollo with long hair, facing. Reverse: TE monogram in incuse square. Milne NNM 96, 8; SNG Copenhagen 133-134; Sear 4343. Note: These are amongst the oldest coins with the value marked on the reverse (TE = Tetartemorion = one quarter obol). Good very fine.
£75.00

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Civic Coinage 'Apollo' Tetartemorion 025107
Civic Coinage 'Bee and Eagle' AR Fraction 023754

Civic Coinage 'Bee and Eagle' AR Fraction
Silver, 0.15 grams, 6.29 mm. Ephesos, Ionia. ca 500-400 BC. Obverse: no legend, bee. Reverse: EF above eagle's head right. SNG Cop 211; BMC 24. Fine.
£60.00

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Civic Coinage 'Bee and Eagle' AR Fraction 023754
Civic Coinage 'Apollo and Athena' Stater 025331

Civic Coinage 'Apollo and Athena' Stater
Silver, 10.37 grams, 24.61 mm. Side, Pamphylia. Circa 375-333 BC. Obverse: Athena standing left, holding Nike, spear and shield; pomegranate to left. Reverse: Pamphylian legend downwards on right, Apollo standing left by altar, chlamys draped over his arms, holding laurel branch and bow, raven at feet right. SNG France III, 633-641; Luynes collection 2760-2761; Paris 504-508, Traité p. 1535, 1-8; BMC 11-14; SNG von Aulock 4767-4768; Sear 5428. Fair/good very fine. A significant coin which has been published on wildwinds.com
£275.00

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Civic Coinage 'Apollo and Athena' Stater 025331
Pamphylia 'Two Wrestlers' Olympic Silver Stater Coin 025020

Pamphylia 'Two Wrestlers' Olympic Silver Stater Coin
Silver, 10.65 grams, 24.52 mm. Aspendos. Circa 330-250. Obverse: no legend, two naked athletes, wrestling, grasping each other by the arms. KI between them. Reverse: ESTFEDIIY, slinger advancing right; triskeles rotating left, in right field, countermark of forepart of lion at lower right, all within dotted square. SNG Pfalz 6-7; BMC 45 var (countermark); cf Sear 5396. Extremely fine, as struck, with part not struck up. A significant coin which has been published on wildwinds.com

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Pamphylia 'Two Wrestlers' Olympic Silver Stater Coin 025020
Pamphylia 'Two Wrestlers' Olympic Silver Stater Coin 025016

Pamphylia 'Two Wrestlers' Olympic Silver Stater Coin
Silver, 11.03 grams, 23.59 mm. Aspendos. Circa 330-250. Obverse: no legend, two naked athletes, wrestling, grasping each other by the arms. KI between them. Reverse: ESTFEDIIY, slinger advancing right; triskeles rotating left, in right field, all within dotted square. BMC 45; SNG von Aulock 4554-4557; SNG France 54; Sear 5396. Very fine. A significant coin which has been published on wildwinds.com
£475.00

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Pamphylia 'Two Wrestlers' Olympic Silver Stater Coin 025016
Pamphylia 'Two Wrestlers' Olympic Silver Stater Coin 025017

Pamphylia 'Two Wrestlers' Olympic Silver Stater Coin
Silver, 10.97 grams, 23.56 mm. Aspendos. Circa 330-250. Obverse: no legend, two naked athletes, wrestling, grasping each other by the arms. KI between them. Reverse: ESTFEDIIY, slinger advancing right; triskeles rotating left, in right field, all within dotted square. BMC 45; SNG von Aulock 4554-4557; SNG France 54; Sear 5396. Very fine/good very fine.
£495.00

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Pamphylia 'Two Wrestlers' Olympic Silver Stater Coin 025017
Pamphylia 'Two Wrestlers' Olympic Silver Stater Coin 025019

Pamphylia 'Two Wrestlers' Olympic Silver Stater Coin
Silver, 10.63 grams, 22.80 mm. Aspendos. Circa 330-250. Obverse: no legend, two naked athletes, wrestling, grasping each other by the arms. KI between them. Reverse: ESTFEDIIY, slinger advancing right; triskeles rotating left, in right field, all within dotted square. BMC 45; SNG von Aulock 4554-4557; SNG France 54; Sear 5396. Good very fine/very fine.
£495.00

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Pamphylia 'Two Wrestlers' Olympic Silver Stater Coin 025019
Pamphylia 'Two Wrestlers' Olympic Silver Stater Coin 025018

Pamphylia 'Two Wrestlers' Olympic Silver Stater Coin
Silver, 10.66 grams, 23.30 mm. Aspendos. Circa 330-250. Obverse: no legend, two naked athletes, wrestling, grasping each other by the arms. KI between them. Reverse: ESTFEDIIY, slinger advancing right; triskeles rotating left, in right field, all within dotted square. BMC 45; SNG von Aulock 4554-4557; SNG France 54; Sear 5396. Very fine/good very fine.
£495.00

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Pamphylia 'Two Wrestlers' Olympic Silver Stater Coin 025018


Sicily

The first Greek colony planted on Sicilian soil was Naxos, founded by Chalkidians from Euboia circa 734 BC. The coinage commences in the later part of the 6th century BC, emanating from mints such as Naxos, Zankle, Himera, Selinus and Akragas.

Punic-Sicily 'Horse' AE Unit 024167

Punic-Sicily 'Horse' AE Unit
Bronze, 6.06 grams, 22.52 mm. Carthage. ca. 160-146 BC. Obverse: no legend, wreathed head of Tanit left. Reverse: horse standing right, head turned left, symbol below. Sear 6512. Good very fine. A significant coin which has been published on wildwinds.com

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Punic-Sicily 'Horse' AE Unit 024167


Illyria and Central Greece

This area comprised fourteen districts arranged in the following approximate geographical sequence: Illyria; Epeiros; Corcyra; Thessaley; Akarnania; Aitolia; Lokris; Phokis; Boeotia; Euboia; Attica; Megaris; Aigina; Corinthia.

Civic Coinage 'Histiaia' Tetrobol 027381

Civic Coinage 'Histiaia' Tetrobol
Silver, 2.20 grams, 13.63 mm. 196-146 BC. Obverse: wreathed head of Maenad right wearing wreath of vine. Reverse: IST-IAIEWN, the nymph Histiaia seated right on stern of galley decorated with an eye, holding mast with stylis. Sear Greece 2496ff. Very fine.
£45.00

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Civic Coinage 'Histiaia' Tetrobol 027381
Thessaly 'Larissan Horse' Drachm 024914

Thessaly 'Larissan Horse' Drachm
Silver, 5.99 grams, 20.68 mm. Larissa. 400-344 BC. Obverse: no legend, head of nymph Larissa, three-quarters facing to left. Reverse: LARIS above, AIWN beneath horse grazing right, left forefoot raised. BMC 57; Sear Greek 2120. About extremely fine.
£650.00

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Thessaly 'Larissan Horse' Drachm 024914
Thessaly 'Larissan Horse' Drachm 024915

Thessaly 'Larissan Horse' Drachm
Silver, 5.89 grams, 19.23 mm. Larissa. 400-344 BC. Obverse: no legend, head of nymph Larissa, three-quarters facing to left. Reverse: LARIS above, AIWN beneath horse grazing right, left forefoot raised. BMC 57; Sear Greek 2120. Good very fine.
£395.00

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Thessaly 'Larissan Horse' Drachm 024915


Attica, Athens

After the Persian defeat and withdrawal in 479 BC, Athens was mistress of the Aegean World and became a great cultural and political centre. The long Peloponnesian War, 431-404 BC, drained Athens of her wealth and ended with the capture of the city by the Spartans. Although prosperous again in the 4th century, Athens never fully regained her importance.

Civic Coinage 'Classic Owl' Tetradrachm 025626

Civic Coinage 'Classic Owl' Tetradrachm
Silver, 16.11 grams, 23.84 mm. Athens, Attica. After 393 BC. Obverse: no legend, head of Athena right, in crested Attic helmet, with frontal eye and wavy hair above forehead, ornamented with three olive leaves above visor and spiral palmette on bowl, wearing round earring. Reverse: AQE, owl standing right, head facing; olive-sprig and crescent above. Sear 2526-2528. Good fine.
£325.00

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Civic Coinage 'Classic Owl' Tetradrachm 025626
Attica 'Classical Owl' Tetradrachm 024918

Attica 'Classical Owl' Tetradrachm
Silver, 17.36 grams, 22.53 mm. Athens. After 393 BC. Obverse: no legend, head of Athena right, in crested Attic helmet, with frontal eye and wavy hair above forehead, ornamented with three olive leaves above visor and spiral palmette on bowl, wearing round earring. Reverse: AQE, owl standing right, head facing; olive-sprig and crescent above. Sear 2526-2528; SNG Copenhagen 63. Good very fine.
£550.00

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Attica 'Classical Owl' Tetradrachm 024918


Corinthia, Corinth

Corinth was occupied by Ptolemy I of Egypt from 308-306 BC, and her silver coinage ceased soon after. She joined the Achaean League in the 3rd century, but later opposed Rome and was utterly destroyed by the consul L. Mummius in 146 BC.

Corinthian 'Athena and Pegasus' AR Stater 021225

Excessively Rare [Unpublished] Corinthian 'Athena and Pegasus' AR Stater
Silver, 8.55 grams, 21.33 mm. Corinth. 400-338 BC. Obverse: no legend, Pegasus, with pointed wing, flying left; koppa below. Reverse: no legend, head of Athena right, wearing Corinthian helmet without crest, over leather cap; no symbols in field. cf Sear 2625-2626 (symbol, Athena head left). Slightly off-struck, otherwise extremely fine. There are no coins listed in BMC, Cop, Ravel, Sear etc with Pegasus with the pointed wing and koppa below flying left AND Athena head right but without any other symbols anywhere. The head right type should have Pegasus either with a curled wing or standing left. The Pegasus flying left type with koppa below should have Athena's head left OR right but with a noticeable symbol in the right field. We have checked every listed Corinth coin (the Koppa is a sign of Corinth) as well as all the other mints in the provinces of Corinth but have not found it. The closest is e.g. BMC 241 which has this obverse and reverse but should have an A and Lambda and a trident all in the right field of the Athena side.

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Corinthian 'Athena and Pegasus' AR Stater 021225


Lucania

Lucania, an ancient district of southern Italy, extended from the Tyrrhenian Sea to the Gulf of Taranto. To the north it adjoined Campania, Samnium and Apulia; to the south it was separated by a narrow isthmus from the district of Bruttium. It thus comprised almost all the modern province of the Basilicata, with the greater part of the province of Salerno and a portion of that of Cosenza. The precise limits were the river Silarus on the north-west, which separated it from Campania, and the Bradanus, which flows into the Gulf of Tarentum, on the north-east; while the two little rivers Laus and Crathis, flowing from the ridge of the Apennines to the sea on the west and east, marked the limits of the district on the side of the Bruttii.




Kingdom of Thrace
Civic Coinage 'Lion and Symbols' Hemidrachm 026861

Rare Civic Coinage 'Lion and Symbols' Hemidrachm
Silver, 2.01 grams, 12.50 mm. Cherronesos, Thrace. Circa 400-350 AD. Obverse: forepart of lion right, head reverted. Reverse: quadripartite incuse square with dot over AG monogram in one quarter and cicada in the opposing quarter. McClean 4093; SNG Berry 503; Sear Greece 1602-1606 var (symbols). Very fine.
£80.00

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Civic Coinage 'Lion and Symbols' Hemidrachm 026861
Greek Thrace Apollonia 'Pontica' Drachm 026235

Greek Thrace Apollonia 'Pontica' Drachm
Silver, 2.86 grams. Late 5th-4th century BC. Obverse: facing head of Medusa or Gorgoneion, hair rolled. Reverse: anchor; crayfish to right, A to left. Sear 1655. Good very fine.
£95.00

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Greek Thrace Apollonia 'Pontica' Drachm 026235
Greek Thrace Apollonia 'Pontica' Drachm 026237

Greek Thrace Apollonia 'Pontica' Drachm
Silver, 2.85 grams. Late 5th-4th century BC. Obverse: facing head of Medusa or Gorgoneion, hair rolled. Reverse: anchor; crayfish to right, A to left. Sear 1655. Good very fine-extremely fine.
£95.00

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Greek Thrace Apollonia 'Pontica' Drachm 026237
Thrace Autonomous 'Serapis' AE Unit 021245

Thrace Autonomous 'Serapis' AE Unit
Bronze, 6.42 grams, 21.49 mm. Odessos. Ca. 200 BC. Obverse: no legend, laureate head of Zeus right. Reverse: ODHSITWN beneath Serapis on horseback, riding right, LY monogram for Lysimachus, King of Thrace, below. Moushmov 1528; Sear Greece 1679. Good fine.
£30.00

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Thrace Autonomous 'Serapis' AE Unit 021245
Civic Coinage 'Helmet and Wheel' Diobol 024911

Civic Coinage 'Helmet and Wheel' Diobol
Silver, 1.24 grams, 10.70 mm. Mesembria, Thrace. 500-350 BC. Obverse: no legend, facing Corinthian helmet. Reverse: META between the spokes of a radiate wheel. Sear 1673; SNG BMC Black Sea 268 ff. Extremely fine.
£145.00

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Civic Coinage 'Helmet and Wheel' Diobol 024911
City Coinage 'Gorgoneion and Anchor' Drachm 021344

City Coinage 'Gorgoneion and Anchor' Drachm
Silver, 2.83 grams, 14.02 mm. Apollonia Pontika, Thrace. Circa 450 BC. Obverse: no legend, facing gorgoneion with a row of curls along forehead and protruding tongue. Reverse: no legend, anchor, A to left, crayfish to right. BMC 160; cf Sear Greek 1654-1655 (Gorgoneion type). About good very fine.
£120.00

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City Coinage 'Gorgoneion and Anchor' Drachm 021344
City Coinage 'Gorgoneion and Anchor' Drachm 021342

City Coinage 'Gorgoneion and Anchor' Drachm
Silver, 2.82 grams, 13.87 mm. Apollonia Pontika, Thrace. Circa 450 BC. Obverse: no legend, facing gorgoneion with a row of curls along forehead and protruding tongue. Reverse: no legend, anchor, A to left, crayfish to right. BMC 160; cf Sear Greek 1654-1655 (Gorgoneion type). Very fine-good very fine.
£110.00

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City Coinage 'Gorgoneion and Anchor' Drachm 021342
City Coinage 'Gorgoneion and Anchor' Drachm 021340

City Coinage 'Gorgoneion and Anchor' Drachm
Silver, 2.86 grams, 14.04 mm. Apollonia Pontika, Thrace. Circa 450 BC. Obverse: no legend, facing gorgoneion with a row of curls along forehead and protruding tongue. Reverse: no legend, anchor, A to left, crayfish to right. BMC 160; cf Sear Greek 1654-1655 (Gorgoneion type). Good very fine/extremely fine.
£110.00

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City Coinage 'Gorgoneion and Anchor' Drachm 021340
Thrace 'Lion Facing' Hemidrachm 012133

Thrace 'Lion Facing' Hemidrachm
Silver, 3.67 grams; 13.09 mm. Pantikapaion in Thrace. Circa 450-350 BC. Obverse: Lion's head facing. Reverse: APOL, in the quarters of a quadripartite incuse square. SNG BMC Black Sea 844ff; SNG Stancomb 524ff. Fair/good fine.
£450.00

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Thrace 'Lion Facing' Hemidrachm 012133



Islands of The Thracian Sea, Olbia

Olbia is very ancient and was possibly founded by the Greeks, according to a local legend. It contains ruins dating from prehistoric times (Phoenician settlement) to the Roman Era, when it was an important port. During the Middle Ages it was the capital of the Giudicato of Gallura, one of the four independent states of Sardinia. Olbia was situated close to the mouths of the Hypanis and Borysthenes rivers, in an ideal trading position - hence its prosperity in Hellenistic times.

Olbian 'Dolphin' Money 018677O

Olbian 'Dolphin' Money
Bronze, 1.72 grams, 23.57 mm. Circa 3rd - 1st Century BC. Cast bronze in the form of a dolphin. GCV 1684 (British Museum) books at £200 in very fine. Tail lost in antiquity otherwise fine condition on a hard to acquire issue.
£35.00

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Olbian 'Dolphin' Money 018677O
Olbian 'Dolphin' Money 018677N

Olbian 'Dolphin' Money
Bronze, 0.77 grams, 19.11 mm. Circa 3rd - 1st Century BC. Cast bronze in the form of a dolphin. GCV 1684 (British Museum) books at £200 in very fine. Tail lost in antiquity otherwise very fine condition on a hard to acquire issue.
£55.00

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Olbian 'Dolphin' Money 018677N
Olbian 'Dolphin' Money 018677H

Olbian 'Dolphin' Money
Bronze, 0.78 grams, 19.12 mm. Circa 3rd - 1st Century BC. Cast bronze in the form of a dolphin. GCV 1684 (British Museum) books at £200 in very fine. Tail lost in antiquity otherwise fine condition on a hard to acquire issue.
£45.00

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Olbian 'Dolphin' Money 018677H
Olbian 'Dolphin' Money 018677E

Extremely Rare Olbian 'Dolphin' Money
Bronze, 1.57 grams, 22.55 mm. Circa 3rd - 1st Century BC. Cast bronze in the form of a dolphin. GCV 1684 (British Museum) books at £200 in very fine. Tail lost in antiquity otherwise very fine condition with extremely rare inset eye.

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Thasos

After 148 BC, following the defeat of Andriscus and the organization of Macedonia into a Roman province, output of the great silver mines was sent to the Thracian mints of Maroneia and Thasos for conversion to coinage.

Macedonia 'Satyr Kidnapping Nymph' Stater 024921

Thasos, Thrace 'Satyr Kidnapping Nymph' Stater
Silver, 7.16 grams, 20.32 mm. Circa. 500 BC. Obverse: no legend, Satyr with horse's feet and tail, running right in a crouching posture with nymph who is raising right arm. Reverse: no legend, irregular, quatripartite incuse square. Sear 1357. Fine-good fine.
£300.00

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Greek Coin Book and Other References:

Mionnet = Mionnet, Theodore Edme Description De Medailles Antiques, Grecques Et Romaines
Imhoof = Imhoof-Blumer, von F    Kleinasiatische Münzen
RecGen = Waddington, William Henry    Recueil General des Monnaies Greques d'Asie Mineure
BMC = British Museum Catalogues
SNG = Volumes of the worldwide SNG project    Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum,
Moushmov = Moushmov, Nikola    Ancient Coins of the Balkan Peninsula
GIC = Sear, David R    Greek Imperial Coins & Their Values
RPC = Reinach & Hill    Roman Provincial Coinage
Varbanov = Varbanov, Ian    Greek Imperial Coins, Vols. 1-3
MacDonald = University of Glasgow    Catalogue of Greek Coins in the Hunterian Collection
WW = Wildwinds.com (reference & attribution site)



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