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    Rare Sermyle Tetradrachm

    MACEDON. Sermylia. Ca. 500-470 BC. AR tetradrachm (26mm, 16.70 gm).  Warrior, holding spear aloft in right hand, on horseback right; ΣERMYΛIAO-N below / Quadripartite incuse square of swastika pattern, four-pointed star in center. AMNG III/2, 3, pl. XXI, 5. Traité I 1668. Extremely rare! Struck on a broad flan. Slightly porous surfaces, otherwise an exemplary specimen. NGC Choice VF 4/5 - 3/5.

    From The California Collection. Ex RAJ Collection (Triton XVII, 7 January 2014), lot 131; Numismatica Ars Classica Autumn Sale 95 (26 October 1995), lot 172; Numismatica Ars Classica 7 (2 March 1994), lot 221; Leu 45 (26 May 1988), lot 414; Hess-Leu 45 (12 May 1970), lot 127.

    Little is known about the ancient city of Sermylia, located on the second "finger" of the Chalcidice. Its rare Archaic coinage depicts a mounted warrior galloping along with spear at the ready, indicating that it excelled in producing cavalrymen. During the Persian Wars, Sermylia, perhaps reluctantly, supplied troops and supplies to the Persians, but it did not seem to suffer any Greek reprisals in the aftermath and became part of the Delian League alliance with Athens in the mid fifth century BC. In the following century it became a charter member of the Chalcidian League, but apparently it shared the fate of neighboring Olynthus and was leveled by Philip II in circa 348 BC, after which Sermylia disappears from the historical record. 


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