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Sale: Triton VIII, Lot: 1880. Estimate $1000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 10 January 2005. 
Sold For $1400. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

GREEK. IONIA, Smyrna. After 190 BC. Lot of thirty Æ Homereia. All coins: Laureate head of Apollo right / Homer seated left, holding scroll; various magistrates names in left field. Average Fine to VF, most with green patina. Thirty (30) coins in lot. ($1000)

Strabo mentions specifically this issue of bronze coinage from Smyrna when, discussing the city, he says "there is also a library; and the 'Homereum', a quadrangular portico containing a shrine and wooden statue of Homer; for the Smyrnaeans also lay especial claim to the poet and indeed a bronze coin of theirs is called a Homereum" (Strabo, Geographica XIV, I.37, transl. by H.C. Jones, The Geography of Strabo, VI [Loeb, 1960], pp. 245-247).