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Old Apr 15, 2007, 10:09 AM   #1
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I blame Doug Smith and Bill Puetz!!

I began collecting ancient coins little more than 10 years ago. Soon into my interest I began a search for a theme. I found two, quite disparate topics. Thracian imitative issues of Thasos was the first. Once I saw Doug Smith's article about "Don't drop these in the carpet", I found the second. The troublesome, frustrating, and fascinating, Greek silver fractions. I soon began exchanging emails and phone calls to Bill Puetz and the hook was set.

I've been looking for the smallest coin with still recognizable images. The closest I have come to Doug's .05 gm. 5 mm Syracuse Heras is with a 0.11 gm, 4.4 mm Ioania Ephesus bee obverse, eagle reverse.

At the 2007 FUN show in Orlando I purchased a number of great fractions. Doug's caution, cited above played out. I dropped about a dozen on the carpet floor. My wife and I spent an hour searching for them. If you ever check into room 3251 of the Sheraton Villages in Orlando, look by the breakfast table, I am missing one coin

Here is my smallest coin. Anyone up to a challenge? (Doug, sit this one out, you already have the title).
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Old Apr 15, 2007, 10:28 AM   #2
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Dave,

I have to admit, the tiny Greek fractions are terribly fascinating. I mean, how in the heck to get all of that detail on something so small!

Here's the smallest one I've handled.



Ionia-Ephesos, AR 1/64th Stater (Milesian Standard), after 546 BC
(No legend)
Bee
(No legend)
Star of eight rays within incuse square
4mm x 5mm, 0.11g
SNG Kayan -; Karwiese Serie IIIa (#23)
Grade - gVF

The odd looking gray stuff in the photo of the reverse is putty from when John photographed the coin. I brushed it off of the coin when it came back, so it's not really on it.

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Old Apr 15, 2007, 10:43 AM   #3
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Here is my smallest coin. Anyone up to a challenge?

It looks like a coin from Ephesus, Ionia, with a bee on the obverse and forepart of stag on reverse
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Old Apr 15, 2007, 10:54 AM   #4
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IONIA, Ephesos. AR Tetartemorion. Bee / Eagle’s head right in incuse square. Karwiese Series IV; SNG Kayhan 126; SNG Copenhagen 211.

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Old Apr 15, 2007, 12:32 PM   #5
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Dave,

you might like browsing through this website: http://www.odophil.ch/numismatik/griechen/griechen.html It is from Roland Müller, a friend of mine who collects Greek coins in general and those tiny fractions in particular. Here you find some from Cilicia:

http://www.odophil.ch/numismatik/gri.../kilikien.html

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Old Apr 15, 2007, 12:54 PM   #6
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Thank you

Thank you for pointing me towards that web page, wonderful coins.
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