Asia Minor Coins - Photo Gallery

Ancient Greek and Roman coins from Asia Minor


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Myrina (AD 20) AE 18 - Ti Claudius Drusus (?), son of Claudius I and Urguanilla733 viewsTi Claudius Drusus (?), son of Claudius I and Urguanilla, ca 20 AD. AE18 (3.77g). TI KΛAVΔIOC ΔPOYCOC, bare head right / MYPINAIΩN, laureate draped bust of Apollo right. Extremely rare; only two more known, one in Ashmolean, one in Bibliotheque Nationale. Minor roughness, reverse off center, about very fine.

This is the only issue carrying these names in existence. Excluding Claudius Drusus, the father of Claudius I (his praenomen was Decimus not Tiberius), and Claudius the emperor (he actually had this name, but only until 4 AD), the only remaining Claudius Drusus left is the son of Claudius I and Urguanilla. He was to marry the daughter of Sejanes, but died young in about 20 AD. This and possibly an issue from Clazomenae (RPC I, 2500 ΔPOYCOC HPWC) would be only ones known for this person. The Apollo reverse was tradional at Myrina, coins from this mint are extremely rare for the Julian-Claudian period (totally 3 cited in RPC from 2 issues).
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Myrina (AD 98-117) AE 16 - Trajan235 viewsTrajan, 98-117 AD. AE16 (3.65g). AVTO TPAI[…], laureate head right / MYPЄI[N-AI-ΩN], bust Apollo right; before, Lyre. VF.
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Myrina (AD 98-117) AE 17 - Trajan264 viewsTrajan, 98-117 AD. AE17 (1.80g). Laureate bust right; AVTOKRAT]ORA TRAIANON / Roma right; ROMIN [MYRI]. Ex Rudnik.
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Myrina (AD 98-138) AE 16221 viewsTime of Trajan and Hadrian, 98-138 AD. AE16 (2.42g). Strategos AΛ... ЄΠI CTP AΛ.., laureate and draped bust of Apollo, branch before / MYPI NAIΩN, Lyre and branch. VF.
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Myrina (AD 100-200) AE188 viewsPseudo-autonomous, 2nd century AD. AE (1.68g). Telesphoros standing facing / ΜΥΡEΙΝΑΩΝ, Kithara. Rare. Dark greek patina, VF.
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Myrina (AD 100-200) AE81 views2nd century AD. AE (1.82g). MYPЄI NAIΩN, Kithara / Telesphoros standing facing. Very rare. Very fine.
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Myrina (AD 100-200) AE 15221 viewsImperial Times, 2nd cent AD. AE15 (1.77g). Strategos Fokra.... ΦOKPA[...], laureate and draped bust of Apollo right / MY-PINAIΩN, lyra and branch. Very fine.
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Myrina (AD 100-200) AE 16181 views2nd century AD. AE16 (2.41g). Bust of Apollo right / Lyre. VF.

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Myrina (AD 100-200) AE 17109 viewsImperial Times, 2nd cent AD. AE17 (4.26g). Laureate head Apollo right, before, kithara. / ΜΥΡΙΝΑΩΝ (?), laureal branch over tripod and omphalos. Very rare. Green patina, VF.
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Myrina (AD 100-200) AE 172 viewsCirca 2nd century AD. AE17 (2.93g). Dionysios, magistrate. EΠΙ CTP ΔΙΟΝΥCΙΟΥ, laureate head of Apoll right, olive twig in front / MYPI, lyre, palm branch in field right. VF.
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Myrina (AD 147-175) AE 20 - Faustina II50 viewsFaustina II, Augusta, 147-175 AD. AE20 (4.78g, 7h). Marcus Ulpius Aristophanes, magistrate. Struck circa 161-169 AD. Draped bust right / Amazon Myrina seated, left, holding patera and spear, parazonium over back. VF, dark brown patina. Ex R. D. Frederick Coll.
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Myrina (AD 200-300) AE 15193 viewsca 3rd century AD. AE15 (2.33g). Helmeted bust of Athena right, wearing aegis / ΜΥΡEΙΝΑΩΝ, Telesphoros standing facing. VF, green patina.
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Myrina (AD 253-268) AE 17230 viewsunder Roman control, semi-autonomous, 253-268 AD. AE17 (2.54g). MVPE-INA, draped, turreted bust of Tyche left / ΜVΡEΙΝΑΩΝ, Tyche in long garb with fullhorn standing left. Dark green patina, VF.
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Myrina (BC 155-145) Tetradrachm251 viewsca 155-145 BC. AR Tetradrachm (16.94 g, 12h). Stephanophoric type. Laureate head of Apollo right / Apollo Grynios standing right, holding branch and phiale; monogram to left, omphalos and amphora at feet; all within laurel wreath. Good VF, lightly toned, a few light cleaning marks, a couple spots of deposits. Extremely rare issue, only one example recorded by Sacks.
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Myrina (BC 155-145) Tetradrachm242 viewsca 155-145 BC. AR Tetradrachm (34mm, 16.21g). Laureate head of Apollo right, two braids / Apollo Grynios standing right, holding branch in left hand and phiale in right, omphalos and amphora at feet; three monograms to left. VF, toned, obverse flan flaw. Hardy coll.; ex Ratto (4/1972), lot 1873; Baranowsky 4 (2/1931), lot 658.
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Myrina (BC 155-145) Tetradrachm223 viewsca 155-145 BC. AR Tetradrachm (32mm, 16.56g, 12h). Stephanophoric type. Laureate head of Apollo right / ΜΥΡΙΝΑΙΩΝ, Apollo Grynios standing right, holding branch in left hand, phiale in right; omphalos and amphora at feet to right, three monograms to left; all within laurel wreath. Superb EF, lightly toned. Lipcer coll.
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Myrina (BC 165) Drachm361 viewsAfter 165 BC. AR Drachm (3.97g). Laureate head of Apollo right, three loose braids / Apollo Grynios standing right, holding branch and phiale; omphalos and amphora at feet; ΜΥΡΙΝΑΙΩΝ and monogram to left. Very rare. EF/VF.
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Myrina (BC 165) Tetradrachm266 viewsAfter 165 BC. AR Tetradrachm (16.86g). Laureate head of Apollo right, two braids / Apollo Grynios standing right, holding branch and phiale; omphalos and amphora at feet; ΜΥΡΙΝΑΙΩΝ and monogram to left. Lightly toned EF, nicely centered. Rare issue. Ex Lanz 36 (4/1986), lot 338.
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Myrina (BC 165) Tetradrachm299 viewsAfter 165 BC. AR Tetradrachm (16.22g). Laureate head of Apollo right, three loose braids / Apollo Grynios standing right, holding branch and phiale; omphalos and amphora at feet; ΜΥΡΙΝΑΙΩΝ and monogram to left. EF.
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Myrina (BC 165) Tetradrachm253 viewsAfter 165 BC. AR Tetradrachm (16.62g). Laureate head of Apollo right, three loose braids / Apollo Grynios standing right, holding branch and phiale, omphalos and amphora at feet; ΜΥΡΙΝΑΙΩΝ and monogram to left. Lightly toned EF.
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Myrina (BC 165) Tetradrachm272 viewsAfter 165 BC. AR Tetradrachm (16.82g, 12h). Laureate head of Apollo right / Apollo of Gryneion standing right, holding phiale and branch with fillets; monogram to left; omphalos and amphora to right; all within laurel wreath. Extremely fine. Ex Peus 351, 23 April 1997, 210.
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Myrina (BC 165) Tetradrachm237 viewsAfter 165 BC. AR Tetradrachm (16.00g). Laureate head of Apollo right, three loose braids / Apollo Grynios holding branch and phiale, omphalos and amphora at feet; ΜΥΡΙΝΑΙΩΝ and monogram to left. Good VF, light porosity.
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Myrina (BC 165) Tetradrachm282 viewsAfter 165 BC. AR Tetradrachm (16.22g). Laureate head of Apollo right, three loose braids / Apollo Grynios holding branch and phiale, omphalos and amphora at feet; ΜΥΡΙΝΑΙΩΝ and monogram to left. Good VF, very light porosity.
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Myrina (BC 200-30) AE 11219 views2nd-1st century BC. AE11 (1.72g, 12h). Radiate head of Helios right / MY-PI, amphora. VF, dark green patina. Wagner coll.
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Myrina (BC 300) Hemidrachm285 viewsca 300 BC. AR Hemidrachm (1.91g). Head of Athena right, wearing Attic helmet / Bust of Artemis facing. EF.
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Myrina (BC 300) Hemidrachm331 viewsca 300 BC. AR Hemidrachm (1.85g, 6h, 14mm). Head of Athena right, wearing crested helmet on which griffon prancing right / Facing bust of Artemis, quiver on the back, wearing earrings and necklace, M-Y. Rare. Nice style. Toned, almost EF.
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Myrina (BC 300) Hemidrachm212 viewsca 350 BC. AR Hemidrachm (14mm, 1.51g). Head of Athena right, wearing Korinthian helmet / Head of Artemis facing, slightly left, quiver over shoulder; spearhead in right field. VF, cleaned. Very rare.
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Myrina (BC 300-200) AE 16386 viewsca 3rd century BC. AE16 (4.07g, 6h). Head of Athena, griffin on helmet / Amphora, MY-PI. Brown patina, good VF.
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Myrina (BC 300-200) AE 17 334 views2nd-1st century BC. AE17 (4.35g, 1h). Laureate head of Apollo right / MY-PI, amphora, kithara (lyre) to right. EF, glossy dark brown patina with some red encrustation. C.P.A. coll.; ex Freedman coll. (Triton V, 1/2002, lot 457).
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Myrina (BC 425-375) Hemiobol44 viewsca 4th century BC. AR Hemiobol (0.39g). Head of Dionysos with ivy wreath facing left / MYPI around kantharos, all within incuse square. Toned, very nice. Unpublished?
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Myrina (BC 425-375) Hemiobol 41 viewsLate 5th century BC. AR Hemiobol (0.4g 8mm). Wreathed and bearded head of Dionysos left / MYPI, kantharos. EF.
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Myrina (BC 425-375) Hemiobol51 viewsca 4th century BC. AR Hemiobol (0.4g, 8mm). Wreathed and bearded head of Dionysos facing left / MYPI around kantharos, all within incuse square. Extremely fine. Unpublished?
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Myrina (BC 425-375) Obol634 views4th century BC. AR Obol (0.62g, 6h). Facing female head, hair in band with grain ears at sides / Head of goat right; M-V-P-I around; all within incuse square. Near EF, slightly granular, die break on reverse. Extremely rare.1 comments
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Myrina (BC 425-375) Obol237 views4th century BC. AR Obol (7mm, 0.48g, 2h). Facing female head, hair in band with grain ears at sides / Head of goat right within incuse square. VF.
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Myrina (BC 425-375) Obol71 viewsca 4th century BC. AR Obol (0.50g, 6h). Facing female head (the amazon Myrina?), hair in band / Head of goat right; M-Y-P-[I] around; all within incuse square.
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Myrina (BC 425-375) Trihemiobol?557 viewsca 420-380 BC. AR (1.09g). Female head left, hair in sakkos / ΜΥΡΙ/ΝΑΩΝ (retrograde), stag grazing left within incuse square. Only known specimen(?). Nice classical style. Slight porosity. VF.

The attribution of this so far unknown issue to the Aeolian Myrina and not to the city of Myrina on Lemnos is due to the fact that from the latter there are only known bronzes from the end of the Hellenistic period. The Aeolian Myrina on the other hand struck silver coins of Alexander types at the end of the 4th c. BC. and had a quite large coinage from the 2nd c. BC. onwards. The style of the head on the obv. makes a date to the end of the classical period plausible, one could compare it with issues of Mytilene (cf. Bodenstedt 90 or 109) or Phocaea (cf. Bodenstedt 94 or 162). The iconography of the rev. is not surprising: the stag is the symbol of Artemis, of whom worship is attested. The goddess is represented on hemidrachms of about 300 BC. (cf. ZfN 3 [1876], pl. VIII, 17).
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Myrina (BC 425-375) Trihemiobol?188 viewsca 420-380 BC. AR Trihemiobol (1.20g, 12mm). Female head left, hair in sakkos / ΜΥΡΙ/ΝΑΩΝ (retrograde), stag grazing left within incuse square.
     
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