AE21 Smyrna / Ionia (The famous poet Homer ) Magistrate ΑΠΟΛΛΟΦΑΝΗΣ ΡΟΒΕΙΤΗΝΟΥ

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Magistrate (Apollophanes Roviteinou) ΑΠΟΛΛΟΦΑΝΗΣ ΡΟΒΕΙΤΗΝΟΥ

AE21

Smyrna - Ionia

2nd - 1st Century BC

Sear #: 4571 var.

Other reference: BMC 99; SNG Von Aulock 2167

Obverse: Laureate head of Apollo right

Obverse Inscription: -

Reverse: Homer seated left, holding scroll on knees, hand raised to chin; staff behind

Reverse Inscription: ΣMYΡNAIΩN - ΑΠΟΛΛΟΦΑΝΗΣ / ΡΟΒΕΙΤΗΝΟΥ

Metal: Bronze
Weight: 9 gr
Diameter: 21 mm
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Overall condition: VF

This coin, depicting Homer, was struck in Smyrna because it is believed to be the birthplace of the famous poet and author of the Iliad and the Odyssey. Strabo mentioned specifically this issue of bronze coinage from Smyrna: "there is also a library; and the 'Homereum', a quadrangular portico containing a shrine and a wooden statue of Homer; for the Smyrnaeans also lay especial claim to the poet and indeed a bronze coin of theirs is called Homereum.

(Strabo, Geographica XIV, I.37, transl. by H.C. Jones, The Geography of Strabo, VI [Loeb, 1960], pp. 245-247)

BGN-23-21


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