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Ancient Greek and Roman coins from Asia Minor

Region Cities/Mints Coins
17 677
11 158
19 280
26 779
31 1,093
9 469
12 318
26 1,669
40 1,079
56 986
6 114
54 1,071
35 468
7 387
33 564
11 79
7 380
49 1,933
8 132
Asia Minor General
7 355
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Lykia Uncertain (BC 380-370) Obol380 viewsca 380-370 BC. AR Obol (0.56g). Murex shell / Sea serpent (ketos?). VF, attractively toned, small piece broken off and professionally repaired.

While the similarities to the type of Mithrapata suggest an attribution to that dynast, all of his coins bear at least a portion of his name and there are no letters on this coin. As types tend to be transferred from dynast to dynast, it is possible that this issue is from a contemporary of Mithrapata. The sea serpent, though, is not present on any published specimen of a Lycian dynast, which suggests that this coin may not be from the dynasts' series at all.
Anazarbos (AD 161-180) AE 22 - Marcus Aurelius210 viewsMarcus Aurelius, 161-180 AD. AE22 (7.11g). Dated CY 182 (163/4 AD). Bare-headed bust right, slight drapery / The river-god Pyramos reclining left, holding cornucopiae and reed; BPR (date) in legend. VF, green patina.
(BC 63-52) Ariobarzanes II - Drachm736 viewsAriobarzanes II Philopator, 63-52 BC. AR Drachm (16mm, 3.80g, 12h). Mint A (Eusebeia-Mazaka). Dated RY 8 (55 BC). Diademed head right / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΡΙΟΒΑΡZΑΝΟΥ ΦΙΛΟΠΑΤΟΡΟΥ, Athena Nikephoros standing left; H (date) in exergue. Good VF, iridescent toning. Rare in this condition.

Coins of Ariobarzanes II are rare in the Cappadocian series, and are typically found poorly struck or struck on poor metal. The engraving also usually appears to have been done in haste, perhaps reflecting his issues were struck in a time of expediency. His father’s coinage (Ariobarzanes I) was plentiful, and are the most common Cappadocian coins found today. It is possible that so much was in circulation during his son’s reign that Ariobarzanes II’s issues were relatively small.
Idyma (BC 350-300) AE 11223 views4th cent BC. AE11 (1.33g). Female (?) head right / Fig leaf, Ι-Δ. Good VF, glossy black patina.
Tralleis (AD 138-161) AE 31 - Antoninus Pius51 viewsAntoninus Pius. 138-161 AD. AE31 (19,74g). Poplios, grammateus. Laureate head right / Tyche enthroned left with statue of Zeus and cornucopia. Rare. VF. Franke coll.
Stratonikeia (AD 193-217) AE 29 - Julia Domna17 viewsJulia Domna, Augusta, 193-211 AD. AE29 (10.12g). Zosimos, magistrate. IOYΛIA ΔOMNA AYΓOY, draped bust right / ΠΡΥ ΖΩCΙΜΟΥ CTPATONIKEΩN, Hekate standing facing, head left, holding phiale and torch; at feet to left, lighted altar. Ex Vogl coll.; ex Bankhaus Aufhäuser (1/1986). VF.
Kyzikos (BC 500-450) EL 1/6 Stater490 viewsca 550-500 BC. EL Hekte (2.69g). Forepart of lion left, devouring prey; to right, tunny upward / Quadripartite incuse square. EF, a little die rust. Ex Münzen und Medaillen Deutschland 10 (3/2002), lot 81; Numismatica Ars Classica K (3/2000), lot 1301.
Halikarnassos (BC 300-200) AE 12322 viewsca 3rd century BC. AE12 (1.40g, 12h). Laureate head of Apollo left / Eagle standing left with open wings, lyre before, AΛΙ above. Black patina, aEF.

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The Kaystrianoi (BC 200-50) AE 167 views2nd-1st century BC. AE16 (3.04g, 1h). Laureate head of Apollo right / Winged kerykeion. Near VF, green patina, adjustment marks. Scarce city.Feb 25, 2017
Mytilene (AD 193-211) AE 45 - Septimius Severus23 viewsSeptimius Severus, 193-211 AD. AE45 - Medallion (54.14g). AY KAI A CЄΠ CЄOYHPOC ΠЄPTINAΞ, laureate, cuirassed bust right, wearing aegis / ЄΠI CTPA APT ЄMΩNOC TOY CЄKOYN Emperor in military dress standing left, holding parazonium and sacrifing with a patera over lighted altar. Behind Nike holding palm and crowing him. In exergue, MYTIΛHNAIΩN. Extremely rare. Brown tone. gVF.Feb 20, 2017
Nikomedeia (AD 238-244) AE 31 - Gordian III15 viewsGordian III, 238-244 AD. AE31 (19.52g). Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right / Nike standing facing, head left; holdin crown and palm branch. Rare. Nice light brown patina. VF.Feb 20, 2017
Side (AD 253-268) AE 31 - Gallienus20 viewsGallienus, 253-268 AD. AE31 (19.01g). Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right / Tyche standing left, holding rudder and cornucopia. gVF.Feb 20, 2017
Synnada (AD 198-217) AE 23 - Caracalla10 viewsCaracalla, 198-217 AD. AE23 (8.42g). Laureate bust right / CVNNA-ΔEΩN, Apollo standing left, holding branch. Attractive brown tone. gVF.Feb 20, 2017
Kotiaeion (AD 177-192) AE 22 - Commodus14 viewsCommodus, 177-192 AD. AE22 (4.30g). Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right / Aklepius standing right, holding serpent-staff. Brown tone. VF.Feb 20, 2017
Prusias ad Hypium (AD 217-218) AE 34 - Macrinus20 viewsMacrinus, 217-218 AD. AE34 (22.78g). Laurate and cuirassed bust right / Hercules standing left, wrestling giant Antaeus whom he is lifting off the ground. Brown-green patina. Light scratches on rev.; otherwise VF.

A giant of Libya and the son of Poseidon and Gaia (the earth goddess), Antaeus would challenge travelers to wrestling matches, easily killing his opponents and collecting their bones to construct a temple to his father. Antaeus had defeated most of his opponents until it came to his fight with Heracles. Upon finding that he could not beat Antaeus by throwing him to the ground as he would reheal due to his parentage (Gaia), Heracles discovered the secret of his power. Holding Antaeus aloft, Heracles crushed him in a bearhug.
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Komana (AD 54-68) AE 1922 viewsTime of Nero, 54-68 AD. AE19 (4.67g). Radiate head right / Club in wreath. VF.Feb 20, 2017