Klazomenai was a Greek city located in the Western coast of Anatolia, very close to current Izmir. It is considered one of the first cities that issued silver coins. The principal God of the Klazomenai was Apollo, who was considered a standard of ideal beauty and represented as such in the observe of this coin. The reverse of this coin represents a swan, one of the animals sacred to Apollo. Swans may have other relationship to Klazomenai, as the verb “klazein” was used to describe the whirr of a bird’s wings, or the screech or cry of their calls (source). The artistic aspect of this coin is also remarkable. Facing heads are really difficult to depict, while the swan portrait is truly delicate.
IONIA, SILVER DRACHM OF CLAZOMENAE, possibly by the Master Theodotos, ca. 360 BC, 4.064g, 12h. Luynes 2585. Rare. Old cabinet tone. Perfectly centered and struck. An outstanding example of this wonderful issue bearing one of the finest facing portraits of all Greek coinage. Insignificant scratch on cheek, otherwise, choice extremely fine. Privately acquired from Tradart; Jean Vinchon 1983 (9-10 December) lot 146; former William H. Woodward (1856-1941) collection, Naville 1930 (15) lot 941