Magnesia on the Maeander was a Greek settlement located in western Asia Minor, modern-day Turkey. It was settled by the Aeolians of Thessaly, a place made famous in Homer’s Odyssey.
Even though Magnesia was located in Ionia, the Ionian League did not accept it due to its settlers being Thessalian Greeks.
By the time this coin was struck the heyday of Greek leadership was over and the Romans were starting to become the leaders of the ancient world.
Artemis on the obverse was the Greek goddess of hunting, wild nature, and chastity. The daughter of Zeus and sister of Apollo, Artemis was regarded as a patron of girls and young women and a protectress during childbirth.
Obverse: Diademed bust of Artemis right, bow, and quiver at shoulder.
Reverse: Naked laureate Apollo standing left on meander pattern, holding branch and resting elbow on a tripod with a quiver; all within laurel-wreath
Diameter: 27.5 mm
Silver-plated, made in the USA.
Packaged in a coin collecting flip with the description of the coin printed on the flip insert