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A Really Neat Little Coin From Neandreia In Troas

 
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 Posted 10/21/2020  11:47 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Novicius to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Neandreia, was a Greek city near the summit of Mount Chigri, in the south-west of the Troas (Troad) region of Anatolia. Today it's site lies around 9 km east of the remains of the ancient city of Alexandria Troas, in the Ezine district of Canakkale province, Turkey.

Wildwinds only shows fifteen types of coins from Neandreia, in silver and bronze. Most are small, and some are tiny at only 6 mm in diameter, but they all share a simplicity of design that I find very attractive. When this little gem came up at auction I couldn't resist bidding on it. It went for a very modest price, and I thought it was worth sharing with the community.

Neandreia appears to have had a long and peaceful existance, without the invasions and wars that other cities suffered. The city was agriculturally prosperous, as can be seen from the coin reverses, which feature grains, grapes, amphoras, and animals such as rams, and the famous Troas horse.

In 310 BC, Antigonus I Monophthalmus founded Antigonia Troas and moved the citizens of the nearby cities, including Neandreia, to his new city. Antigonia was later to be renamed Alexandria Troas by Lysimachos in 301 BC. In the 1st century AD, Pliny the Elder listed Neandreia among the settlements in the Troad which no longer existed.

TROAS, Neandreia, 350-310 BC.
Obverse: Laureate head of Apollo right. Reverse: Corn-grain, NEAN above, bunch of grapes below. Bronze. Diameter: 10 mm. Weight: 1.2 gr.
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 Posted 10/21/2020  11:56 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add erafjel to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That is a lovely little coin! Thanks for sharing!
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 Posted 10/21/2020  12:26 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bob L to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
A pleasing example. Thanks for sharing, Jim.
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Hey that is pretty nice. Thx for sharing!
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 Posted 10/21/2020  7:04 pm  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Excellent coin and write-up.
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Beautiful and sharp!

Lots of people like the coinage of Syracuse or Athens, but I feel like the coinage of Asia Minor doesn't get the love it deserves
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Thank you for the comments everyone.

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I feel like the coinage of Asia Minor doesn't get the love it deserves.

I have picked up a few Asia Minor coins recently @Finn235, mainly due to the quality and design. The history behind the coins can be quite absorbing too. Most of the coins have been surprisingly affordable, which helps a lot when on a limited budget.

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