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ID:     797763
Type:     Greek
Region:     IONIA
City:     Teos
Date Ruled:     Circa 510-475 BC
Metal:     Silver
Denomination:     Stater
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     BC Circa 510-475
Diameter:     20 mm
Weight:     11.77 g
Obverse Legend:     M E
Obverse Description:     Griffin seated right, raising foreleg; M E below, flanking other foreleg
Reverse Description:     Quadripartite incuse square
Primary Reference:     Balcer group IV corr. (A12/P16)
Reference2:     SNG Cop -
Reference3:     TraitÉ I 500
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Grade:     EF, a little granular
Notes:     Overstruck on uncertain type. Balcer failed to note the M on the obverses of his group IV staters (although it is clearly visible on his example 12b = TraitÉ I 500).A member city of the Ionian Dodekapolis, Teos was a thriving seaport with two fine harbors. It was the birthplace of Anakreon the poet, Hekataios the historian, Protagoras the sophist, Skythinos the poet, Andron the geographer, and Apellikon, 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.