Asia Minor Coins - Photo Gallery

Ancient Greek and Roman coins from Asia Minor


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Nysa (AD 81-96) AE 18597 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 81-96) AE 30 - Domitian33 viewsDomitian, 81-96 AD. AE30 (21.13g). ΔOMITIANOC KAICAP CЄBACTOC ΓЄPMANIKOC, laureate head right, wearing aegis / NЄIKH AYTOKPATOPOC ΔOMITIANOY NYCAЄΩN, winged figure standing left, holding patera and spear set upon shield. aVF. Ex Hirsch 183 (9/1994), lot 1041. Plankenhorn coll.
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Nysa (AD 117-138) Cistophoric Tetradrachm - Hadrian717 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 - Hadrian556 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 - Hadrian575 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 - Hadrian1702 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 17190 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 18471 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 138-161) AE 21 - Antoninus Pius18 viewsAntoninus Pius, 138-161 AD. AE21 (5.43g). AVTO KAICAP AΔPIA ANTΩNЄINOC, laureate head right / NVCAЄΩN, cornucopia. aVF. Plankenhorn coll.
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Nysa (AD 139-161) AE 31 - Marcus Aurelius7 viewsMarcus Aurelius, as Caesar, 139-161 AD. AE31 (16.37g, 6h). Bareheaded, draped, and cuirassed bust right / Apollo of Nysa standing facing, raising hand above head, hand across serpent-entwined tripod to right. VF, green patina, traces of earthen patina. Purchased from Edward J. Waddell, Ltd. (11/1988).
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Nysa (AD 147-175) AE 18 - Faustina II489 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 II195 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 Verus179 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 Aurelius398 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 Aurelius99 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 - Caracalla375 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 - Caracalla422 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 I214 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 238-244) AE 35 - Gordian III16 viewsGordian III, 238-244 AD. AE35 (15.04g). Aur. Attikos IV, grammateus. AYT K M ANT ΓOPΔIANOC, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right / ЄΠI ΓP AYP ATTIKOY Δ NYCAЄΩN, Mên standing left, holding pine cone and sceptre. Very rare. aVF. Ex Schulten 22 (4/1988), lot 870. Plankenhorn coll.
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Nysa (AD 241-244) AE 31 - Tranquillina24 viewsTranquillina, Augusta, 241-244 AD. AE31 (10.17g). M. Aur. Euphemos II, grammateus. ΦΟΥ ϹΑΒЄΙ ΤΡΑΝΚΥΛΛΙΑΝΗ, draped bust right, wearing stephane; countermark: Aphrodite standing right within oval incuse / ΕΠI ΓP ΕYΦHMOV B / NYCAЄΩN AΠHNH, carpentum drawn right by four horses. Extremely rare. aVF. Plankenhorn coll.
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Nysa (AD 244-249) AE 28 - Otacilia Severa301 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 I406 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 253-260) AE 25 - Valerian I5 viewsValerian I, 253-268 AD. AE25 (8.00g). Aur. Tryphosianos. AVT K ΠO ΛIKIN BAΛЄPIANOC, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right / EΠ Γ AVP TPVΦΩCIANOV TU API / CT N[...]CAEΩN, prize crown inscribed ΘЄOΓAMIA and set upon table with two legs. aVF.

The Theogamia (marriage of the gods) was celebrated at Nysa, and this piece was struck in association with that festival.
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Nysa (AD 253-260) AE 27 - Valerian I6 viewsValerian I, 253-260 AD. AE27 (9.55g). Ail. Proklos, grammateus. AVT K ΠO ΛIKIN BAΛEPIANOC, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right / EΠ ΓP AIΛ ΠPOKΛOV NVCAEΩN, Dionysos standing left, holding filleted thyrsus and pouring cantharus; to left, panther springing left. Very rare. VF.
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Nysa (AD 253-260) AE 30 - Valerian I6 viewsValerian I, 253-260 AD. AE30 (8.52g). Artemonianos, grammateus. AVT K ΠO ΛIKIN OVAΛEPIANOC, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right / EΠI ΓP APTEMΩNIANOV NVCAEΩN, Dionysos standing left, holding filleted thyrsus and pouring cantharus; to left, panther springing left. Obverse flan flaw, gVF.
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Nysa (AD 253-268) AE 19 - Gallienus18 viewsGallienus, 253-268 AD. AE19 (3.66g). AVT K ΠO ΛIK ΓAΛΛIHNOC, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right / NVCAEΩN, prize crown, containing two palm fronds. Very rare. aVF. Plankenhorn coll.
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Nysa (AD 253-268) AE 21 - Gallienus118 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 (AD 253-268) AE 23 - Gallienus93 viewsGallienus, 253-268 AD. AE23 (5.11g). Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right / Standing left, holding cantharos and thyrsos; at feet left, panther. Attractive dark brown tone. gVF.
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Nysa (BC 27-AD 14) AE 19 - Augustus & Livia145 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 63) Tetradrachm20 viewsafter 134 BC. AR Cistophoric Tetradrachm (12.47g). Anneoteros, magistrate. Dated CY 23 (63/2 BC). Cista mystica with serpent; all within ivy wreath / NY / ΑΝΝΕΩΤΕΡΟΣ, bowcase between two serpents. Controls: To right, KΓ (date) above Kore standing right. aVF. Plankenhorn coll.
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Nysa (BC 100-0) AE 1131 views1st century BC. AE11 (1.29g). Dated year 1. Grape bunch / NYΣAEΩN ETOYΣ I, grape bunch. Extremely rare. aVF. Plankenhorn coll.
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Nysa (BC 100-0) AE 1623 views1st century BC. AE16 (2.79g). Patrokles, magistrate. Laureate head of Hades right / NVΣAEΩN / ΠATPOKΛHΣ, Kore standing right. Very rare. aVF. Plankenhorn coll.
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Nysa (BC 100-0) AE 206 views1st century BC. AE20 (4.73g). Uncertain magistrate. Apollo standing facing, head right, holding branch and with hand over head; to left, serpent coiled right above tripod / NYΣAEΩN, Hades in galloping quadriga right, carrying off struggling Persephone. VF. Extremely rare, apparently unpublished.
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Nysa (BC 100-0) AE 926 views1st century BC. AE9 (0.72g). Euphanor, magistrate. Laureate head of Hades right / NVΣA / EVΦΡ, grain ear and poppy. Extremely rare. aVF. Ex Aufhäuser 15 (3/2000), lot 229. Plankenhorn coll.
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Nysa (BC 134) Tetradrachm853 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 476 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 200-0) AE 2218 views2nd-1st centuries BC. AE22 (8.47g). NVΣAEΩN, cista mystica with serpent; all within ivy wreath / AΓONOΘETΩN TΩN EΠI AΛKETOV, Demeter driving biga of serpents right. Very rare. VF. Plankenhorn coll.
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Nysa (BC 200-100) AE 191219 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 201028 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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Nysa (BC 200-100) AE 204 views1st century BC. AE20 (6.26g). Simon, magistrate. Head of Dionysos right, wearing ivy wreath / NVΣAEΩN ΣΙΜΩΝ, Hades in galloping quadriga right, carrying off struggling Persephone. aVF.
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