Asia Minor Coins - Photo Gallery

Ancient Greek and Roman coins from Asia Minor


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Nysa (AD 81-96) AE 18509 viewsTime of Domitian, 81-96 AD. AE18 (5.06g, 6h). Draped bust of Eirene right / Hades in quadriga right, abducting Persephone. VF, black patina with earthen highlights.
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Nysa (AD 117-138) Cistophoric Tetradrachm - Hadrian603 viewsHadrian, 117-138 AD. AR Cistophoric Tetradrachm (11.00g, 7h), struck after 128 AD. Bare head right / Hades dragging away protesting Persephone in quadriga right; overturned basket of flowers below. VF, small area of flat strike in obverse legend. Overstruck on a cistophorus of Augustus. Extremely rare. This unique example depicts a winged figure holding the wedding torch, or taeda, above the horses. This is Hymenaeus, one of the erotes and the personification of the Hymenaea, or wedding song sung outside the bridal chamber. Metcalf's attribution to this mint is based on the regional association of this reverse type.
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Nysa (AD 117-138) Cistophoric Tetradrachm - Hadrian449 viewsHadrian, 117-138 AD. AR Cistophoric Tetradrachm (11.36g, 1h), struck after 128 AD. Bare head right / Hades dragging away protesting Persephone in quadriga right. VF, small area of flat strike in reverse legend. Overstruck on a Hadrianic Diana Ephesia cistophorus. Unique variety without the overturned basket of flowers.
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Nysa (AD 117-138) Cistophoric Tetradrachm - Hadrian473 viewsHadrian, 117-138 AD. AR Cistophoric Tetradrachm (11.12g, 12h), struck after 128 AD. Bare head right / Hades dragging away protesting Persephone in quadriga right; overturned basket of flowers below; above, Eros flying right, holding wedding torch. VF. Overstruck on a cistophorus of Augustus. Unique variety with Eros. This unique example depicts a winged figure holding the wedding torch, or taeda, above the horses. This is Hymenaeus, one of the erotes and the personification of the Hymenaea, or wedding song sung outside the bridal chamber. Metcalf's attribution to this mint is based on the regional association of this reverse type.
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Nysa (AD 117-138) Tetradrachm - Hadrian1444 viewsHadrian, 117-138 AD. AR Cistophoric Tetradrachm (36mm, 10.13g). HADRIANVS - AVGVSTVS P P., head right / COS - III. Hades with scepter, holding stolen Persephone, protecting from her from the wind with mantle, driving quadriga of halloping horses, basket of flowers below. Fine toning, aEF. Extremely rare, possibly unique. From the von Aulock collection and Bank Leu AG, Auktion 30 (4/1982, Zurich), lot 363.

According to Homer, the abduction of Persephone took place somewhere in the "Nysion pedion." It mattered little that Lydian Nysa was a forth century foundation; a cult of the underworld grew up there. The town had a Plutonium, and in later times a festival called the Theogamia celebrated the abduction itself." (W. E. Metcalf, a. O., p. 50).
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Nysa (AD 138-161) AE 1791 viewsTime of Antoninus Pius, 138-161 AD. AE17 (3.40g). NYCAEΩN, head of Tyche right, wearing mural crown / KOPOC, bunch of grain ears. VF.
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Nysa (AD 138-161) AE 18392 viewsAutonomous, ca 138-161 AD. AE18 (3.06g). Draped bust of Eirene right / NYCA-EΩN, Hades driving galloping quadriga right, carrying off struggling Persephone. VF, dark greenish-brown patina, light stress crack.
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Nysa (AD 147-175) AE 18 - Faustina II404 viewsFaustina Junior, daughter of Antoninus Pius, wife of Marcus Aurelius, Augusta, 147-175 AD. AE18 (4.68g, 12h). ΦAVCT[EI]NA CEBACTH, diademed and draped bust right / NVCA-EΩN, Hades dragging away protesting Persephone in quadriga right. VF, green patina. Ex Marcel Burstein Collection (Peus 366, 10/2000), lot 709.

According to the Homeric Hymn to Demeter, 15-18, Persephone was picking flowers with her companions in the Vale of Nysa, when the ground opened up and Hades seized her.
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Nysa (AD 147-175) AE 18 - Faustina II140 viewsFaustina II, Augusta, 147-175 AD. AE18 (5.54g). CЄΒΑCΤΗ ΦΑΥCΤЄΙΝΑ, draped bust right / ΝΥCΑ−ЄΩΝ, cornucopia filled with fruits on which a child is seated. Rare. Green patina, VF.
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Nysa (AD 161-169) AE 35 - Marcus Aurelius & Lucius Verus84 viewsMarcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus, 161-169 AD. AE35 (23.79g, 6h). Aurelius Diodotus, grammateus. Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus, each holding roll, standing vis-à-vis, clasping right hands / Mên standing left, holding phiale and scepter. Good VF, black green patina under varying shades of lighter green.
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Nysa (AD 161-180) AE 24 - Marcus Aurelius317 viewsMarcus Aurelius, 161-180 AD. Magistrate Asiaticus Cornelius. AE24 (7.9g). AY KAI ANTWNEINOC, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right / EPI GR ACIATIKOY KORN NYCAEWN, Zeus seated left, holding patera and scepter. Almost very fine.1 comments
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Nysa (AD 161-180) AE 26 - Marcus Aurelius17 viewsMarcus Aurelius, 161-180 AD. AE26 (10.50g). ΑV Κ Μ ΑVΡ ΑΝΤΩΝΙΝΟС, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right / ΝVСΑЄΩΝ, Kore standing left, holding sceptre. gVF.
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Nysa (AD 198-217) AE 23 - Caracalla312 viewsCaracalla, 198-217 AD. AE23 (6.62g). AVT [KM] - AVP [CE] ANTΩNINOC, draped, cuirassed, laureate bust right / NYCA-EΩN, Kore/Persephone, clad in long chiton and peplos, head dropped, standing left, holding in right hand long knotted staff (scepter?), with lowered left hand holding garment at her hip. Very rare, probably unpublished. VF, green patina. Hoeft coll.
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Nysa (AD 198-217) AE 28 - Caracalla367 viewsCaracalla, 198-217 AD. AE28 (8.66g). Laureate head right / Tyche standing left holding rudder and cornucopiae. Good very fine.
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Nysa (AD 235-238) AE 28 - Maximinus I135 viewsMaximinus I Thrax, 235-238 AD. AE28 (9.86g), Magistrate Hyr(...) Eutychos. Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right / Nike with wreath and palm branch. Rough surfaces. Unpublished (?). F.1 comments
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Nysa (AD 244-249) AE 28 - Otacilia Severa228 viewsOtacilia Severa, Augusta, 244-249 AD. AE28 (9.17g, 7h). Diademed and draped bust right / Zeus seated left, holding phiale and scepter, within distyle temple with shield in pediment. VF, green patina, light roughness.1 comments
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Nysa (AD 244-249) AE 35 - Philip I348 viewsPhilip I, 244-249 AD. AE35 (14.08g). Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind / AVP TATIANOV ANTIOXOV ΓΠ, NVCAEΩN, Athena standing left, holding shield set on ground and spear. Fine, black surfaces, a little rough. Rare and apparently unrecorded.
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Nysa (AD 253-268) AE 21 - Gallienus44 viewsGallienus, 253-268 AD. AE21 (4.96g). ΠO ΛIKINI ΓAΛΛIHNOC K, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right / NYCAEΩN, Tyche standing, head left, holding rudder and cornucopia. VF.
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Nysa (BC 27-AD 14) AE 19 - Augustus & Livia63 viewsAugustus, with Julia Augusta (Livia), 27 BC-AD 14. AE19 (4.34g, 1h). Bare head of Augustus right, surrounded by wreath / Head of Julia Augusta (Livia) right. Near VF, green patina, area of corrosion on obverse. Ex Wagner Coll.
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Nysa (BC 134) Tetradrachm715 viewsafter 134 BC. AR Cistophoric Tetradrachm (12.83g), dated year 1 (134/133 BC). Cista mystica with serpent; all within ivy wreath / ΝΥΣΑ, bow-case with serpents; A (date) to left, MO above, jugate busts (Pluto and Kore?) to right. VF. Apparently unpublished, possibly unique.
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Nysa (BC 200-0) AE 384 views2nd-1st century BC. AE. Laureate head of Hades and wreathed head of Kore right / ΝΥΣΑΕΩΝ, young Dionysos in short chiton standing left, holding thyrsos in left hand, kantharos in right hand; in left field, date ETOYΣ / E? (=year 5?). Green patina, gVF. Rare. Ex Hirsch Auk. 178 (Muenchen, 1993), lot 409.
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Nysa (BC 200-100) AE 19959 viewsca 2nd cent BC. AE19 (4.64g). Veiled bust of Kore right, wearing wreath of grain / ΝΥΣΑΕΩΝ, slinger standing right, left arm extended, holding sling overhead in right hand; magistrate [..]ROS, monogram upper right. VF, glossy green patina. 1 comments
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Nysa (BC 200-100) AE 20877 views2nd cent BC. AE20 (6.99g). Head of young Dionysos with ivy wreath and chignon right / ΝΥΣΑ/ΕΩΝ, Hades driving galloping quadriga right, holding Kore-Persephone in right arm. Green patina, VF. Rare. Gutknecht coll.1 comments
 
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