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    Rare Ephesus Gold Stater

    IONIA. Ephesus. Ca. 133-88 BC. AV stater (21mm, 8.41 gm, 11h). NGC Choice AU 4/5 - 4/5, flan flaw. First series, ca. 133-100 BC. Draped bust of Artemis right, hair drawn into knot at back of head, wearing stephane and drop earrings, bow and quiver over her shoulder / Cult statue of Artemis Ephesia facing, fillet hanging from each hand, Ε-Φ to either side of head, lighted torch (or thymiaterion) in inner right field between statue and fillet. Jenkins, Hellenistic, pl. B, 6 (dated 123-119 BC). Head p. 69, 4 var. (different control mark). Extremely rare. Head of Artemis in unusually fine style.

    The rare Hellenistic gold staters of Ephesus have been the subject of long-running debate over when they were struck. In the 1880s, the eminent Barklay V. Head assigned them to the period of the Mithradatic Wars, circa 88-86 BC, when Ephesus briefly came under the control of the Pontic King Mithradates VI Eupator. However, as more varieties were discovered over the next century, it became clear they were struck over a much longer period of time. G.K. Jenkins, in a 1987 article, placed them in two groups starting in the later second century BC, after the Roman takeover of Asia Province in 133 BC, and linked the reverse symbols present on several varieties to similar symbols found on the common cistophoric tetradrachm coinage of the Roman era. Staters with a simpler two-letter ethnic, including the present example, belong to the earlier period, prior to 100 BC, while coins with a longer form come later in the series.


    愛奧尼亞。以弗所。約公元前133-88年。標準重斯塔特金幣(21mm, 8.41gm, 11h)。NGC Choice AU 4/5 - 4/5,胚餅有瑕。 約公元前133-100年的第一個系列。阿爾忒彌斯面右胸像,秀髮綰於腦後,戴冠形發環和吊墜耳環,肩上背弓與箭袋。背有以弗所的阿爾忒彌斯祭拜雕像正面,雙手各垂下絲帶。頭兩側分別有字母E和TH,底板右內側、雕像與絲帶之間,有燃起的火炬。參Jenkins, Hellenistic, pl. B, 6 (dated 123-119 BC). Head p. 69, 4 variety(不同的印记)。阿爾特彌斯頭像式樣精美,極為罕有。

    以弗所的希臘化時期斯塔特金幣十分罕有,有關其鑄造年代的問題爭論不斷。 19世紀80年代,巴克利. V. 海德將它們歸約公元前88-86年的米特拉達梯戰爭期間,時值以弗所一度在本都王米特里達梯六世控制下。然而隨著更多版別在之後的一個世紀中現身,可見它們是在一段更長的時間內被鑄造的。 G.K.詹金斯在1987年的一篇文章中將他們分為兩組,始於公元前最後兩個世紀、在羅馬於公元前133年接管亞細亞行省之後。他還將幾個版別背面的符號與在羅馬時期的佩加蒙銀幣"基斯托福魯斯"(四德拉克馬錢幣)上找到的相似符號聯繫起來。具有更簡單的雙字母特徵,包括我們這一枚,屬於公元前100年之前的年代,而幣文更長的則為年代更晚的版別。

    Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000.

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