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    This is without question one of the nicest hoards that I have ever had the pleasure of seeing. The detail even before cleaning is striking with well over 90% of the coins being instantly attributable in their current state. Pontos is often considered the home of the Amazons.

    The first travels of Greek merchants and adventurers to the Pontian region occurred probably from around 1000 BC, whereas their settlements would become steady and solidified cities only by the 8th and 7th centuries BC as archaeological findings document. This fits in well with a foundation date of 731 BC as reported by Eusebius of Caesarea for Sinope, perhaps the most ancient of the Greek Colonies in what was later to be called Pontus.[12] The epical narratives related to the travels of Jason and the Argonauts to Colchis, the tales of Heracles' navigating the Black Sea and Odysseus' wanderings into the land of the Cimmerians, as well as the myth of Zeus constraining Prometheus to the Caucasus mountains as a punishment for his outwitting the Gods.

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    This striking hoard of coins seems to be made up of the following coins, although this was just a small sample we looked at. Here are five that we attributed but there are at least 7 or 8 different types of coins in this hoard. Some of the coins are also larger editions in size and width.

    Amisos, Pontos, AE21. 120-63 BC. Laureate head of Zeus right / ΑΜΙΣΟΥ, eagle standing left on thunderbolt, wings spread, head right. ΡΔ monogram in left field

    Amisos, Pontos, AE20, ca 100 BC. Aegis with facing Gorgon in the centre / ΑΜΙΣΟΥ, Nike advancing right, holding palm over shoulder with both hands. ΔΑΤ monogram to left.

    Pontos, Amisus AE21. Late 2nd - Early 1st Century BC. Head of Perseus right in visored helmet.

    Amisos, AE23, autonomous issue, 120-63 BC. Head of Perseus right wearing Phrygian helmet / ΑΜΙΣΟΥ above ΔΜΗΥ and MPK monograms, Pegasus grazing left

    Pontos, Amisos. Circa 120-63 BC. AE 21mm . Helmeted head of Mars right / Sword in sheath.

    If you only ever buy one lot of uncleaned Greek coins it should be these, they will be an absolute pleasure to clean and are both valuable and interesting coins.

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