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ID:     797795
Type:     GREEK
Region:     IONIA
City:     Teos
Date Ruled:     Circa 510-500 BC
Metal:     Silver
Denomination:     Stater
Date Struck:     BC Circa 510-500
Diameter:     20 mm
Weight:     11.97 g
Obverse Description:     Griffin seated right, raising forepaw
Reverse Description:     Quadripartite incuse square
Primary Reference:     Balcer group I (A2/P- [unlisted rev. die])
Reference2:     SNG Cop -
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Grade:     Good VF.
Notes:     A member city of the Ionian Dodekapolis, Teos was a thriving seaport with two fine harbors. It was the birthplace of Anacreon the poet, Hecateus the historian, Protagoras the sophist, Scythinus the poet, Andron the geographer, and Apellicon, the preserver of the works of Aristotle. When the Persians under Cyrus invaded circa 540 BC, many Teans fled, resettling in Abdera. The griffin was the badge of the city of Teos, and is present on the coins of both cities.