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    Rare Stephanophoric Issue

    AEOLIS. Aegae. Ca. 160-150 BC. AR tetradrachm (34mm, 16.20 gm, 11h).  Laureate head of Apollo right, quiver and tip of bow ending in swan's head over shoulder / ΑΙΓΑΙΕΩΝ, Zeus standing left, holding vertical scepter and eagle, monogram in inner left field, all within oak wreath. SNG von Aulock 1594. SNG Berry 990. Rare! A splendid example of one of the rarer stephanophoric ("wreath bearing") tetradrachms. A few edge marks, otherwise well struck on a broad flan and lightly toned. NGC AU 4/5 - 4/5.

    From The California Collection. 

    In the mid-second century BC, the Greek cities of western Asia Minor were freed from Seleucid rule and immediately began striking their own autonomous coinage of a new and attractive design. Struck on broad flans and depicting a variety of Olympian gods and other deities on the obverse, the reverse design was almost always enclosed in a wreath, leading the coins to be termed 'stephanophori' ("wreather bearers"). The prototype for this was provided by Athens with its New Style coinage. The stephanophoric era of 160-140 BC represented the last great flowering of Greek numismatic art before the rising power of Rome engulfed the Classical World. 


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