Asia Minor Coins - Photo Gallery

Ancient Greek and Roman coins from Asia Minor


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(BC 133-130) Eumenes III - Cistophoric Tetradrachm1177 viewsEumenes III (Aristonikos), pretender to the throne of Pergamon, 133-130 BC. AR Cistophoric Tetradrachm (12.47g), struck in Lydia, Thyateia, dated year 2 (of his revolt=132/1 BC). Cista mystica with serpent; all within ivy wreath / Bow-case with serpents; thunderbolt above, [Θ]ΥΑ, to left; male head (Dionysos?) to right; within coils of serpents, BA-EY and B (date). VF, toned, reverse slightly double-struck. Very rare.

When the Pergamene king Attalos II died in 134 BC, he bequeathed his kingdom to the Romans. Because the Romans were slow in securing their claim, Aristonikos, son of the earlier Pergamene king Eumenes II, filled the power vacuum, claiming the throne and taking the dynastic name Eumenes. Although unable to capture Pergamon, his revolt lasted four years, until he was defeated and captured by the Romans under the consul M. Perperna. After his surrender, he was paraded through Rome and executed.
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(BC 133-130) Eumenes III - Cistophoric Tetradrachm497 viewsAristonikos as Eumenes III, 133-130 BC. AR Cistophoric Tetradrachm (30mm, 11.94g, 11h), dated year 3 (132/131 BC). Mobile mint, struck in Lydia, Apollonis. Cista mystica with open lid, snake crawling out to left, all in ivy wreath / ΒΑ-ΕΥ /Γ/ ΑΠ-ΟΛ, Two snakes around bow case decorated with aphlaston, thunderbolt above; in left field, head of Zeus (?) left, in right, head of Dionysos (?) right. Corroded, VF. Ex Gorny & Mosch, Auk. 113 (10/2001), 5250.
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(BC 133-130) Eumenes III - Cistophoric Tetradrachm505 viewsAristonikos as Eumenes III, 133-130 BC. AR Cistophoric Tetradrachm (26mm, 12.11g, 12h), dated year 4 (131/130 BC). Mobile mint, struck in Lydia, Apollonis. Cista mystica with open lid, snake crawling out to left, all in ivy wreath / ΒΑ-ΕΥ /Δ/ ΑΠ-ΟΛ, Two snakes around bow case decorated with aphlaston, thunderbolt above; in left field, head of Zeus (?) left, in right, head of Dionysos (?) right. VF. Very rare.
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(BC 160-139) Attalos II - Tetradrachm742 viewsAttalos II (Philadelphos), 160-139 BC. AR Tetradrachm (16.77g), after 150 BC. Laureate head of Philetairos right / ΦΙΛΕΤΑΙΡΟΥ, Athena sitting left on throne; monogram and torch to left, bow to right. Fine toning, partial corrosion, aEF.
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(BC 160-139) Attalos II - Tetradrachm545 viewsAttalos II (Philadelphos), 160-139 BC. AR Tetradrachm (16.50g), after 150 BC. Laureate head of Philetairos right / ΦΙΛΕΤΑΙΡΟΥ, Athena sitting left on throne; AP and stylus to left, bow to right. aEF.
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(BC 197-160) Eumenes II - Tetradrachm776 viewsEumenes II, 197-160 BC. AR Tetradrachm (16.75g, 32mm), struck ca 169-160 BC. Laureate head of Philetairos right / ΦΙΛΕΤΑΙΡΟΥ, Athena seated left on throne with lion's leg, wearing long, sleeveless chiton and crested Corinthian helmet, holding spear in left hand, crowning king's name with raised right hand, left elbow resting on large, round shield with gorgoneion; in outer left field, stylis, A in center, bow to right. EF. Rare. Ex Muenzen und Medaillen AG, Basel Fixed Price List 415 (1979), lot 2.
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(BC 200-133) AE 15730 viewsca 200-133 BC. AE15 (3.41g). Helmeted head of Athena right / Coiled snake, head standing right; ΦΙΛΕΤΑΙΡΟΥ to right, monogram to left. Dark green, glazed patina; slight corrosion, good VF.
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(BC 200-133) AE 15571 viewsca 200-133 BC. AE15 (1.92g). Helemted head of Athena right / Bow, ΦΙΛΕ/ΤΑΙΡΟΥ. Dark green patina, VF.
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(BC 200-133) AE 17413 viewsunder Attalids, ca 200-133 BC. AE17 (3.70g). Head of Athena right, wearing helmet decorated with griffin / Asklepios in himation sitting left on stone, holding bowl from which he feeds snake; M below, ΦΙΛΕΤΑΙΡΟΥ to right. Fine light green patina, EF. Scarce type. Gutknecht coll.
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(BC 200-133) AE 17273 views281-133 BC. AE17 (2.98g). Helmeted head of Athena right / Asklepios enthroned to left feeding snake. Very fine.
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(BC 241-197) Attalos I - Tetdradrachm721 viewsAttalos I, 241-197 BC. AR Tetradrachm (16.93g, 12h). Laureate and diademed head of Philetairos right / ΦΙΛΕΤΑΙΡΟΥ, Athena enthroned left, holding wreath in right hand, left elbow resting on shield set on ground behind, spear below; ivy leaf to outer left, A to inner left, bow to outer right. Superb EF.
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(BC 241-197) Attalos I - Tetdradrachm325 viewsAttalos I, 241-197 BC. AR Tetradrachm (27mm, 17.00g, 12h). Struck ca 241-235 BC. Laureate head of Philetairos right / Athena enthroned left, resting on shield to right, crowning dynastic name with wreath; spear in background, bee to outer left, monogram to inner left, bow to right. Near EF, lightly toned, a few small marks. Rare.
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(BC 241-197) Attalos I - Tetradrachm585 viewsAttalos I, 241-197 BC. AR Tetradrachm (17.00g). Laureate head of Philetairos right / ΦΙΛΕΤΑΙΡΟΥ, Athena seated left, holding wreath, left arm resting on shield, spear behind, ivy leaf to outer left, A to inner left, bow to outer right. Lightly toned VF.
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(BC 263-241) Eumenes I - Tetradrachm584 viewsEumenes I, 263-241 BC. AR Tetradrachm (16.92g). Laureate head of Philetairos right / ΦΙΛΕΤΑΙΡΟΥ, Athena seated left, holding shield and spear, ivy leaf above knee, bow to right, A on throne. Good VF, toned, minor porosity.
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(BC 263-241) Eumenes I - Tetradrachm584 viewsEumenes I. 263-241 BC. AR Tetradrachm (17.14g, 12h). Laureate and diademed head of Philetairos right / ΦIΛETAIPOY, Athena enthroned left, holding shield with right hand, spear in left arm, left elbow resting on sphinx; ivy leaf above knee, bow to right, A on throne. EF, lightly toned.
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(BC 263-241) Eumenes I - Tetradrachm298 viewsEumenes I, 263-241 BC. AR Tetradrachm (29mm, 17.02g, 12h). Struck ca 255/50-241 BC. Laureate head of Philetairos right / Athena enthroned left, resting on shield to right, holding transverse spear; ivy leaf to outer left, monogram to inner left, bow to outer right. EF, toned, tiny edge nick, area of slight roughness on reverse.
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(BC 263-241) Eumenes I - Tetradrachm346 viewsEumenes I, 263-241 BC. AR Tetradrachm (29mm, 17.20g, 1h). Struck ca 263-255/50 BC. Laureate head of Philetairos right / Athena enthroned left, resting elbow on small sphinx, holding shield and transverse spear; ivy leaf to inner left, monogram on throne, bow to outer right. EF, toned, light bag marks.
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(BC 282-133) AE 11442 viewsPhiletairos, 282-263 BC. AE11 (1.55g, 11h). Helmeted head of Athena right / ΦΙΛΕ-ΤΑΙΡΟΥ, ivy leaf. VF, dark green patina, faint cleaning scratches on obverse.
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(BC 282-133) AE 14243 viewsPhiletairos, 282-263 BC. AE14 (3.53g, 11h). Helmeted head of Athena right / ΦΙΛΕΤΑΙΡΟΥ, thyrsos; in left field, A above M. Near VF, dark green patina, light cleaning scratches on obverse.
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(BC 282-263) Philetairos I - Tetradrachm1953 viewsPhiletairos I, 282-263 BC. AR Tetradrachm (16.85g). Diademed head of Philetairos right / ΦΙΛΕΤΑΙΡΟΥ, Athena enthroned left, holding shield and spear, left elbow resting on sphinx, ivy leaf above knee, A on throne, bow to outer right. Good VF, scattered light porosity, more so on the reverse. Rare.

Westermark attributed this issue to Eumenes I. However, a more recent analysis of hoard evidence has indicated that this coinage is actually struck during the lifetime of Philetairos, near the end of his reign, following the limited issue of tetradrachms bearing the portrait of Seleukos I. A. Davesne, G. Le Rider, Gulnar II. Le tresor de Meydancikkale (Paris, 1989), cf. pp. 334-339.
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(BC 282-263) Philetairos I - Tetradrachm802 viewsPhiletairos I, 282-263 BC, struck ca 263 BC (possibly lifetime or by successor nephew Eumenes I). AR Tetradrachm (17.02g). Pergamon mint. Head of Philetairos right, wearing taenia / ΦΙΛΕΤΑΙΡΟΥ, Athena enthroned left, resting right hand on shield and left elbow on sphinx, ivy leaf in inner left field, A on throne, bow in right field. Good VF.

There is speculation from hoard evidence that these coins were issued in the late part of Philetairos' reign - the taenia on the head is of interest in this regard.
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(BC 284-263) Philetairos I - Tetradrachm1153 viewsPhiletairos I, 284-263 BC. AR Tetradrachm (16.70g). Diademed head of Seleukos I right / ΦΙΛΕΤΑΙΡΟΥ, Athena enthroned left, holding shield and spear, ivy leaf before, bow behind, A on throne. Good VF, reverse a little rough, with scrapes and light graffiti. Rare.

When Lysimachos established the mint of Pergamon, he entrusted its treasury to the eunuch Philetairos. In the latter 280s BC, Philetairos changed his allegiance to Seleukos I. Shortly thereafter in 281 BC, Lysimachos was defeated by Seleukos at the Battle of Korupedion. Although Seleukos was assassinated the following year, Philetairos continued to acknowledge Seleukid primacy. This coinage, commemorating Seleukos I, was struck while Pergamon was still loyal to the Seleukids, under their king Antiochos I. Houghton & Lorber (SC), citing Le Rider and Newell, assign this coinage to the aftermath of Antiochos' victory over the Galatians, circa 269/8 BC.
   
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