Bee of Ephese

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  1. Andres2

    Andres2 Well-Known Member

    Bought this Artemis budget bee for a song, despite it's size and off center reverse I like the dark green patina.

    Ephese Bee (3).jpg

    Please show your bees
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  3. scottishmoney

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  4. Pavlos

    Pavlos You pick out the big men. I'll make them brave!

    Nice addition @Andres2!

    I got this miniature piece of art:
    Ionia, Ephesos. AR Hemitetartemorion (?), circa 500-420 BC.
    Reverse: Head of an eagle to right within incuse square.
    Reference: Karwiese Series IV, Type 1. SNG Kayhan 130.
    0.12g; 8mm
  5. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    I've got only 2 bees.
    First the ancient:
    Ephesos, Ionia
    280-258 BC
    Magistrate Apollonides
    Obverse: E-Φ to left and right of bee
    Reverse: Stag grazing right, quiver above.
    Ionia, Esphesus 280-258 BC AE16.jpg

    1927 Italy 10 Centesimi
    1927 Italy 10 Centesimi.jpg
  6. ambr0zie

    ambr0zie Dacian Taraboste

    Another coin that I first saw on CT and decided to add an example in my collection.
    Quite happy with it!

    Ionia. Ephesos circa 500-420 BC.
    Diobol AR 11 mm., 0,92 g
    Karwiese Series VI, 2A; SNG Kayhan 124

    Fun fact about the 10 c Italy coin presented by @furryfrog02 - I have at least 10 examples in my albums, but I never noticed the actual bee. Embarrassing
  7. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

  8. Collect89

    Collect89 Coin Collector

    IONIA, Ephesus
    AR Tetradrachm
    4th Century B.C.
    14.64 gram, 24 mm
    Obv: Bee with straight wings
    E to left and Φ to right.
    Rev: Forepart of stag r. looking l.
    with palm tree to left.
    ΠАPθENIOΣ to right.
    Grade: EF toned with great strike.
    Other: E-Φ Bee purchased in an NGC slab From private sale 7/17.
  9. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE


    Iona-Ephesos AR Hemi-Drachm-TriObol Bee - Incuse Sq TIMESIANAX 335-320 BCE Seaby 4368
  10. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

    My first Ephesus bee, from earlier this year:

    Ephesus - Bee & Stag PYTHON Feb 2021 (0).jpg
    Ionia, Ephesos Æ 14
    Python, Magistrate
    (c. 48-27 B.C.)

    E-Φ, Bee with straight wings, within laurel wreath / ΠYΘΩN beneath stag standing right, head turned left, torch in background.
    SNG Cop 347; SNG Tuebingen 2805; SNG von Aulock 1873;
    (3.25 grams / 14 x 12 mm)
  11. Only a Poor Old Man

    Only a Poor Old Man Well-Known Member

    Ah, nice! Ephesos bees are beautiful coins but not the easiest to get especially in better condition. Here is my one and only example, a cute little drachm:

  12. Orielensis

    Orielensis Supporter! Supporter

    @Collect89, the tetradrachm you've show above is simply fantastic. That's a coin to dream of!

    Here is my own humble bee:
    Griechen – Ionien, Ephesos, AE13, Biene und Hirsch.png
    Ionia, Ephesos, AE13, ca. 387–280 BC. Obv: bee, ethnic E–Φ. Rev: stag l., head turned r. 13mm, 1.84g. SNG von Aulock 1838; BMC 67.
  13. gsimonel

    gsimonel Well-Known Member

    The color of that coin is pretty extraordinary. Is that silver toning, an artifact of the photography, or is there some other explanation?
  14. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    It is just beautifully toned. I was more than happy to pull it from a world coin junk box :)
  15. scottishmoney

    scottishmoney Buh bye


    The ancients were not dumb, they realized that bees are essential for pollinating agriculture which was why they were rather well regarded in representation on coins, this one is from Chersonesos.
  16. Jims Coins

    Jims Coins Well-Known Member

    EPHESOS 4375 OBVC 4.jpg EPHESOS 4375 REVC.jpg Ionia/Ephesus4
    Asia Minor, Greek; Silver 44 ar diobol; Ephesus mint, 390 BC, g, mm; Obv: Bee, with
    straight wings, dividing E---0.. Rev: E0 above two stag's heads confronted. Ref: GCVSII
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  17. Jims Coins

    Jims Coins Well-Known Member

    EPHESOS 4409 OBVC 2.jpg EPHESOS 4409 REVC.jpg
    Ionia/Ephesus 2
    Asia Minor, Greek; Bronze 20 ae10; Ephesus mint, 280 BC, 1.21 g, 9.92 mm; Obv:
    Turreted head of Artemis left. Rev: Bee, E---0 in upper field. Ref: GCVSII #4409; ABCAM
    Grade: VF
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  18. Meander

    Meander Well-Known Member

    I wish to get a bee tetradrachm from Ephesos one day. It shall join this nice drachm on unusual flan.

    Ephesus, drachm, AR 3.37 g. Bee seen from above. Rev. Quadripartite incuse square. SNG Kayhan 121. Rosen 571.

  19. Jims Coins

    Jims Coins Well-Known Member

    EPHESOS S4406 OBVC.jpg EPHESOS S4406 REV 3.jpg Ionia/Ephesus3
    Asia Minor, Greek; Bronze 35 ae18; Ephesus mint, 280 BC, 2.71 g, 16.67 mm; Obv: Bee,
    E---0 in upper field, all within laurel-wreath.. Rev: Stag grazing r., quiver above.. Ref:
    GCVSII #4406; ABCAM #452; SNG COP269.
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