But first I better set the table and share some ingredients... Now, one of the many things I've learned from ancients that I now know is that the word archaic's meaning is not simple or basic as it is most commonly used for in today's vernacular. But simply the beginning. It evolved into being used to describe things that were basic, as usually the beginning of things are. But brothers and sisters, as you know, that ain't the case with archaic Greek art and especially those wonderous archaic Greek coins! (Archaic Greek statues) Islands off Thrace. Thasos circa 525-463 BC. Obol AR, 10mm., 0,91g. Naked satyr kneeling right / Quadripartite incuse square. nearly very fine SNG Ashmolean 3653; Rosen 144; Le Rider Thasos Group I & pl. I, 4 The archaic period, which no ancient Greek ever referred to it as, lasted from the eighth century BCE to about 480 BCE after those rascally Persians invaded again. (Ryro about to pounce on a new coin... Or more archaic art) MILETOS, 1/12 Stater, 6th cent BC, Lion forepart, head l./ star pattern in square, S3532 (£65); EF, good metal quality, great detail on lion's mane, but off-ctr with his face. Don't get a bee in your bonnet. I'm not trying to boar you: Ionia. Ephesos circa 550-500 BC. Hemiobol AR 5mm., 0,37g. Bee / Quadripartite incuse square. very fine Karwiese Series III; Rosen 572. Lesbos. Uncertain mint circa 500-450 BC. Obol BI 8mm., 0,89g. Confronted boars' heads / Quadripartite incuse square. very fine Klein 348 When it comes to archaic art the Greeks get pretty hard Kore (It's a pun aaaaand archaic art) Mysia. Lampsakos circa 500-450 BC. Obol AR 7mm., 0,77g. Female janiform head / Helmeted head of Athena left within incuse square very fine. SNG BnF 1128-31. Ok, ok. You've probably caught on that I'm itchin to show off my new Griffin almost as much as I am to see what coins you all post! With just a little further ado, here's a Griffin head from an archaic Table and then my coin! (How awesome must this entire table have been???) IONIA, Phokaia(?). Circa 6th-5th century BC. AR Hemidrachm or Diobol (10mm, 1.57 gm). Head of griffin left / Quadripartite incuse square. BMC Ionia pg. 215, 82; SNG Copenhagen -; SNG Kayhan 514; SNG von Aulock 2116 var. (seal right). Good VF, porous, small flan. Similar pieces with a seal behind the griffin's head are clearly Phokaian (as von Aulock 2116). Coins without the seal are possibly from Teos. Depending on the weight standard that might apply, this coin could be either a hemidrachm or a diobol. So please add on as many archaic coins as you can! And let's just see how tasty we can make this Greek archaic cake!