Asia Minor Coins - Photo Gallery

Ancient Greek and Roman coins from Asia Minor


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Nysa (AD 81-96) AE 18517 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 - Hadrian612 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 - Hadrian456 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 - Hadrian478 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 - Hadrian1462 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 1798 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 18396 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 II411 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 II142 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 Verus90 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 Aurelius321 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 Aurelius24 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 - Caracalla317 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 - Caracalla369 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 I139 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 Severa233 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 I351 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 - Gallienus48 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 & Livia69 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) Tetradrachm727 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 391 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 19987 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 20890 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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