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18K Gold Pendant, Miletos, Greek, GF Chain, Cert. ID13291

$416.00 $479.00

18K Gold Pendant set with one of our oldest coins Greek Miletos.

Denomination:  Diobol                 Date: 550 -  494 BCE

Description: Miletos, Ionia, AR Diobol. Late 6th century BC.  Obverse: Lion's head right Reverse: Floral star pattern in incuse square.

This is one of the most well-known Greek coin types of the archaic period, minted in the region of Ionia from about 550 BCE until 494 BCE, when Miletus fell to the Persians.

The ancient Greek city of Miletos in Asia Minor was located on what is now the west coast of Turkey.  In the century before Athens rose to prominence, this was the intellectual and commercial center of the Greek world.  As home of Thales, the “father of philosophy,” it has been called the birthplace of the modern world.  

The lion head is sometimes referred to as a ‘lion protome’, with ‘protome’ being an archeological term meaning, ‘decorative motif in the form of an animal or human head’. The lion's mane and sunburst vary in style between earlier and later versions of the coin.

The reverse sun image, which is often described as a star or a flower, appears on many Milesian coins and likely represents Apollo, patron of Miletos and the nearby sanctuary of Didyma.  Apollo was the god of youth and music.

Jewelry Maintenance:
1. Avoid chemicals. Do not wear in hot tubs or swimming pools. 
2. To clean use a silver cloth on gold. Absolutely NO JEWELRY CLEANERS!
3. Best preserved in ziplock bag when not worn.


The jewelry made in the US.
The piece comes with a Certificate of Authenticity of the Coin.
Workmanship is guaranteed. 
RETURNS: 2 weeks no questions asked. Time counts from the time you receive the item to the time you ship it back.