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Bronze coin References

Identification Number ACH-AE-01

Mint: Sardis 1
Period: 220 - 214 BC
Denomination: AE Double Unit
Weight: 5.58 g
Diameter: 19 - 20 mm
Obverse: Laureate head of Apollo right, with corkscrew curls
Reverse: ‘ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩ[Σ]’ on right, ‘ΑΧΑΙΟΥ’ on left (“of King Achaios”); eagle standing right, palm branch over shoulder; control mark in outer right field, if any, off flan
Die axis:
References: Houghton and Lorber, SC I , 955.1; Newell, WSM , 1441 / 1445 / 1448; SNG Spaer , 833 / 836; Houghton, CSE , 609; BMC 4 , p. 30, Nos. 1 (Plate X, 3) and 2-3
Note: Coins of this series have either no control mark ( SC I , 955.1a) or a control mark in outer right field: ΔΙ (ibid, 955.1b), Χ (ibid, 955.1c), ΑΒ sideways (ibid, 955.1d), Α[Β] reading horizontally (ibid, 955.1e) or Τ (ibid, 955.1f).



1 The capital of ancient Lydia (a historic region of western Asia Minor).


Gardner, Percy: Catalogue of the Greek coins in the British Museum, Volume 4: The Seleucid Kings of Syria . London, 1878 (reprint, Arnaldo Forni, Bologna, 1963). (abbr. BMC 4)
Houghton, Arthur: Coins of the Seleucid Empire from the Collection of Arthur Houghton . The American Numismatic Society, New York, 1983. (abbr. CSE )
Houghton, Arthur; Lorber, Catharine: Seleucid Coins, A Comprehensive Catalogue. Part I, Volumes 1 and 2 . The American Numismatic Society, New York, in association with Classical Numismatic Group, Inc., Lancaster/London, 2002. (abbr. SC I )
Houghton, Arthur; Spaer, Arnold (with the assistance of Catharine Lorber): Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum. Israel I. The Arnold Spaer Collection of Seleucid Coins . Italo Vecchi Ltd., London, 1998. (abbr. SNG Spaer )
Newell, Edward T.: The Coinage of the Western Seleucid Mints from Seleucus I to Antiochus III . Numismatic Studies No. 4. The American Numismatic Society, New York, 1977 (reprint of the 1941 original edition with a summary of recent scholarship by Otto Morkholm). (abbr. WSM )