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ABER & LEVINE GREEK SILVER 12TH STATER MILETOS (THRACE) 550BC IN 14K GOLD

$449.95

Up for sale is an Aber & Levine LTD Greek Silver 12th Stater minted in Miletos (Thrace). ca 550BC #5322.

This amazingly preserved 2500+yr old coin is set in 14k Gold, to wear as a pendant.

Obverse: Head is Lion, facing right.
Reverse: incuse Sun ornament with swelling in one corner.

Weighs: 2.8dwt/4.4g
Measures: coin approx 10.55mm, 19.30mm including frame

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Description

Country/Region of Manufacture: Greece

Certification: David Levine/Aber & Levine

Provenance: Miletos/Thrace

Date: 550BC

Denomination: Stater

KM Number: 5322
“This is one of the most well-known Greek coin types of the Archaic period, minted from about 550 bc to 494 bc when Miletus fell to the Persians.

The silver varieties have been studied by Pfeiler (1966), who proposed a series of stylistic periods based primarily on the design of the obverse lion’s mane. The reverse sun image, which is often described as a star or a flower, appears on many Milesian coins and, I conjecture, likely represents Apollo, patron of Miletus and the nearby sanctuary of Didyma .

Kraay expresses the same view with respect to the “star” on the later Rhodian silver issues of Miletus.)

Although these twelfth staters were minted almost exclusively in silver, a few rare electrum examples are also known.”

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