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An island off the coast of western Anatolia opposite Aiolis was known as Lesbos. Herodotos counts twelve Aiolian cities to correspond to the cities of Ionia, the most famous of which were: Lesbos, Pitane, Elaia, Gryneion, Myrina, Aigai, Kyme, Neonteichos, Temnos, Larisa and Smyrna.

During the 7th century BC, there was an immigration from Mytilene and especially from Methymna to the opposite shores of the Aegean. It was extremely important in the fields of music and poetry. Sappho, Alkaios and Terpander, the inventoir of the 7-tone scale were all from Lesbos. Lesbos is famous for its experiment in using for coins metals like electrum (mixture of gold and silver) and billon (mixture of silver and other base alloys), which is thought to be the first such attempt to manipulate the purity of coin metals not only in Asia Minor but the entire Greek world.

When the Persian king Cyrus defeated Croesus (546 BC) the Ionic Greek cities of Anatolia and the adjacent islands became Persian subjects and remained such until the Persians were defeated by the Greeks at the Battle of Salamis (480 BC). For a short period it was a member of the Athenian confederacy, its apostasy from which is described in a stirring chapter of Thucydides' history of the Peloponnesian War. In Hellenistic times, the island belonged to various Successor kingdoms until 79 BC when it passed into Roman hands.

Lesbos, Islands off, Nesos. ca 350-300 BC.

Obv: Laureate head of Apollo right

Rev: NASI, panther walking left, head reverted; astragalos below.


4.3 g (Drachma)

17.4 mm

I rate this coin F

Pics are the actual coin in auction..

In very good condition. as per pics.

I only use courier services, rural is more expensive but this ensures safer delivery. All goods delivered to your door. If you live at a rural address and opt for the urban tab, you will not receive your items.


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