1 Diobol / 2 Obol Ancient Greece (1100BC-330) Silver

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Ionia, Miletus (650-500 BC) AR Diobol Coin. Lion / Stellate Pattern.

Denomination: AR Diobol
City: Miletus (Ionia, Greece)
Mint Period: ca. 650-500 BC
Reference: SNG Kayhan I 468-75.
Diameter: 10mm
Material: Silver
Weight: 1.19gm


Obverse: Head/Forepart of lion right.


Reverse: Stellate pattern within incuse square.




Miletus (Ancient Greek: Μί̄λητος Mīlētos; Hittite transcription Millawanda or Milawata (exonyms); Latin: Miletus; Turkish: Milet) was an ancient Greek city on the western coast of Anatolia, near the mouth of the Maeander River in ancient Caria. Its ruins are located near the modern village of Balat in Aydın Province, Turkey. Before the Persian invasion in the middle of the 6th century BC, Miletus was considered the greatest and wealthiest of Greek cities. In other sources however it is mentioned that the city was much more modest up until the Peloponnesian War (431–404 BC), when, for example, the city state of Samos on the island of Samos opposite Miletus was considered a larger and more important city and harbor at the time. Miletus' greatest wealth and splendor was reached during the Hellenistic era (323–30 BC) and later Roman times.


Evidence of first settlement at the site has been made inaccessible by the rise of sea level and deposition of sediments from the Maeander. The first available evidence is of the Neolithic. In the early and middle Bronze age the settlement came under Minoan influence. Legend has it that an influx of Cretans occurred displacing the indigenous Leleges. The site was renamed Miletus after a place in Crete.


The Late Bronze Age, 13th century BC, saw the arrival of Luwian language speakers from south central Anatolia calling themselves the Carians. Later in that century other Greeks arrived. The city at that time rebelled against the Hittite Empire. After the fall of that empire the city was destroyed in the 12th century BC and starting about 1000 BC was resettled extensively by the Ionian Greeks. Legend offers an Ionian foundation event sponsored by a founder named Neleus from the Peloponnesus.


The Greek Dark Ages were a time of Ionian settlement and consolidation in an alliance called the Ionian League. The Archaic Period of Greece began with a sudden and brilliant flash of art and philosophy on the coast of Anatolia. In the 6th century BC, Miletus was the site of origin of the Greek philosophical (and scientific) tradition, when Thales, followed by Anaximander and Anaximenes (known collectively, to modern scholars, as the Milesian School) began to speculate about the material constitution of the world, and to propose speculative naturalistic (as opposed to traditional, supernatural) explanations for various natural phenomena.


Miletus is the birthplace of the Hagia Sophia’s architect (and inventor of the flying buttress) Isidore of Miletus and Thales, a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher (and one of the Seven Sages of Greece) in c. 624 BC.


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CoinWorldTV Ionia, Miletus (650-500 BC) AR Diobol Coin. Lion / Stellate Pattern. VF Condition: VF Denomination: AR Diobol City: Miletus (Ionia, Greece) Mint Period: ca. 650-500 BC Reference: SNG Kayhan I 468-75. R! Diameter: 10mm Material: Silver Weight: 1.19gm Obverse: Head/Fore ...

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IONIA. Miletos. Diobol (6th-5th century BC). Obv: Forepart of lion left, head right. Rev: Stellate pattern within incuse square. SNG Kayhan 468ff. Condition: Extremely fine. Weight: 1.1 g. Diameter: 9 mm.

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IONIA. Miletos. Diobol (6th-5th century BC). Obv: Forepart of lion right. Rev: Stellate pattern within incuse square. SNG Kayhan 468ff. Condition: Extremely fine. Weight: 1.1 g. Diameter: 10 mm.

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Posted by: anonymous  2015-02-23
IONIA, Miletus, (c.530-510 B.C.), silver twelfth stater or obol, (0.93 grams), obv. forepart of lion and legs to left, lions head turned to right, rev. ...

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IONIA, Miletus, (c.530-510 B.C.), silver twelth stater or obol, (1.00 grams), obv. forepart of lion and legs to right, lions head turned to left, rev. ...

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IONIA, Miletus, (c.530-510 B.C.), silver twelfth stater or obol, (1.20 grams), obv. forepart of lion and legs, head turned to right, rev. star ornament within ...

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DYNASTS OF LYCIA. Uncertain dynast. Obol (Circa 520-480 BC). Obv: Forepart of boar left. Rev: Incuse punch. SNG von Aulock 8464 var. (Diobol). Condition: Very fine. Weight: 0.7 g. Diameter: 7 mm.

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BACTRIA, Kingdom of, Eukratides I, (170-145 B.C.), AE quadruple unit or hemi-obol (25x22mm), (7.60 grams), obv. pith helmeted head of Eukratides to right with legend ...

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TROAS. Antandros. Obol (5th century BC). Obv: Head of Artemis Astyrene right. Rev: ANTAN. Goat standing right within incuse square. SNG von Aulock -; Klein - (cf. 296; diobol); BMC Troas -; SNG K ...
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