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Ancient Greece - IONIA - Miletus - AR Obol (circa 510-494 BC) - VF+. Rare.

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Ancient Greece - IONIA - Miletus - AR Obol (circa 510-494 BC) - VF+. Rare.

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VF. Coin with a small oval edge, off-centre to the right. Nice lion. Well-struck reverse. Nice patina with golden reflections. 

Condition: Very fine
Material: Silver
Geographical Origin: Greece (ancient)

Obverse: Protome of a lion to the left with an open mouth,
its tongue hanging out.
Reverse: Star with four points, richly ornamented,
all within an incuse square.

Rarity type R1.
Cf.: SG-3532 ; BMC.14 ; Dewing2292.

The lion's tongue is clearly visible. The star on the reverse is stylised.
The variant with the lion looking towards the left seems less common.

This coin may have been struck at the time when Aristagoras, 1st
tyrant of Miletos, spurred the Ionan revolution (499-493 B.C.)
against the Persian empire. Although the revolt had started well and
the rebels had even burned down the Persian capital of Sardes, they quickly
turned against each other. Miletos was taken back by the Persian
and, as punishment, every man was killed, every woman and
child sold into slavery, and every young man
turned into a eunuch. When Phrynichus made a
tragedy based on these events some years later, he was
sentenced to a fine by the Athenian demos to remind them
of the terrible punishment inflicted upon their Ionian allies. The lion
and the star of these first coins were the emblems
of Miletos, since they appear together much
later on Milesian civic coins of the Hellenistic period.

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