Asia Minor Coins - Photo Gallery

Ancient Greek and Roman coins from Asia Minor


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Sardeis (AD 14-37) AE 17 - Tiberius1127 viewsTiberius, 14-37 AD. AE17 (5.28g) Togate figure of Emperor raising kneeling figure of Tyche of Sardis / Livia seated right with scepter and ears of corn.
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Sardeis (AD 14-37) AE 18 - Tiberius441 viewsTiberius, 14-37 AD. AE18 (5.16g, 12h). Julius Kleon and Memnon, magistrates. ΣΕΒΑΣΤΟΣ ΚΑΙΣΑ−ΡΕΩΝ ΣΑ−ΡΔΙΑΝΩΝ, Tiberius standing facing left, raising up a kneeling Tyche of Sardis / [ΣΕΒΑΣΤΗ ΙΟΥ]ΛΙΟΣ ΚΛΕΩΝ ΚΑΙ ΜΕΜΝΩΝ, Livia as Demeter seated right, holding sceptre and grain ears. Good VF, black patina with earthen encrustation, light scratches.
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Sardeis (AD 19) AE 16 - Germanicus337 viewsGermanicus, father of Gaius (Caligula), brother of Claudius, died 19 AD. AE16 (3.34g, 1h). Mnaseas, magistrate. Bare head left / Athena standing left, holding phiale; ΜΝΑ−ΣΕΑΣ down left field. VF, red-brown patina.
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Sardeis (AD 23-26) AE 27 - Drusus & Germanicus287 viewsDrusus & Germanicus, ca 23-26 AD. AE27 (12.42g). Togate figures of Drusus and Germanicus seated left on curule chairs, one holding out lituus / Legend within wreath. VF.
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Sardeis (AD 23-26) AE 27 - Germanicus and Drusus579 viewsGermanicus and Drusus, Caesars, ca 23-26 AD. AE27 (12.14g), restruck ca 28-29 AD by Asinius Pollio, Proconsul. Drusus and Germanicus seated left in curule chairs / Legend in wreath; ΓΑΙΩ ΑΣΙΝΝΙΩ ΠΟΛΛΙΩΝΙ ΑΝΘΥΠΑΤΩ around (overstruck on original legend). VF, green patina, slightly rough surfaces.

This interesting coin appears to be an original issue, but in actuality, it is an earlier issue that is restruck with two intricate 'countermarks.' These 'countermarks' were ring-shaped punch restrikings of the legends that surround the obverse and reverse designs. While the obverse 'countermark-legend' is the same as that which appeared on the original striking, the reverse legend, originally ΕΠΙ ΑΡΧΙΕΠΕΩΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ ΚΛΕΩΝΟΣ ΣΑΡΔΙΑΝΟΥ, has been totally replaced by a new 'countermark-legend.'

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Sardeis (AD 37-41) AE 21 - Caligula351 viewsCaligula, 37-41 AD. AE21 (6.40g). Laureate head right / Confronted busts of Agrippina I right and bare head of Germanicus left.
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Sardeis (AD 41-54) AE 13 - Claudius392 viewsClaudius, 41-54 AD. AE13 (3.6g). ΤΙ ΚΛΑΥΔΙΟΣ ΚΑΙΣΑΡ, head left / ΣΑΡΔΙΑΝΩΝ, head of Herakles left. Nice Very Fine.
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Sardeis (AD 41-54) AE 16 - Claudius329 viewsClaudius, 41-54 AD. AE16 (4.06g). ΤΙ ΚΛΑΥΔΙΟΣ ΚΑΙΣΑΡ, head left / ΣΑΡΔΙΑΝΩΝ, head of Herakles left. Dark green patina, extremely fine.
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Sardeis (AD 54-68) AE 15330 viewsQuasi-autonomous, 54-68 AD (time of Nero). AE15 (2.59g), struck under the magistrate Ti. Cl. Mnaseas. EΠI TI MNACEOV CAPΔIANΩN, bearded head of Herakles right, wearing lion-skin on shoulders / CE-BACTH, winged Nike flying left, holding palm branch in left arm and wreath in extended right hand. About VF. Hoeft coll.

The legend CEBASTH (lat. Augusta) may suggest that Poppaea is depicted here as Nike. There is a similar coin from Smyrna with the legend NEIKH ΠOΠΠAIA SMYR where this connection is explicit (SNG 2486).
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Sardeis (AD 54-68) AE 16 - Nero141 viewsNero, 54-68 AD. AE16 (3.2g). Mindios, magistrate. NEPΩΝ CΑΡΔΙΑΝΩΝ, laureate head right / ΕΠΙ ΜΙΝΔΙΟΥ CTRA TO B, laureate head of Herakles right. VF.
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Sardeis (AD 54-68) AE 16 - Nero57 viewsNero, 54-68 AD. AE16 (3.16g). Tiberius Claudius Mnaseas, magistrate. NEPΩN KAICAP, laureate head right / IΠЄ TI MNAICOY ΣAP_IANΩN, Zeus Lydios standing left. aVF.

Very rare. The odd style, misspellings and mixture of letter forms leads to the conclusion that this is likely an immitative issue rather than an official one.
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Sardeis (AD 54-68) AE 17 - Nero307 viewsNero, 54-68 AD. AE17 (2.4g). ΝΕΡΩΝ ΚΑΙCAP, Laureate head of Nero right / EΠI TI MNACEA CAΡΔIANΩN , laureate head of beardless Herakles right, wearing lion’s skin tied at neck. aEF.
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Sardeis (AD 54-68) AE 17 - Nero165 viewsNero, 54-68 AD. AE17 (4.07g), struck ca 65 AD. Laureate head right / Zeus Lydios with eagle and scepter to left. VF.
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Sardeis (AD 54-68) AE 18300 viewsAutonomous Issue, time of Nero, 54-68 AD. AE18 (3.17g). Helmeted bust of the Senate right / Tetrastyle temple. VF, dark green, almost black, patina, traces of an overstriking. Wagner Coll.
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Sardeis (AD 54-68) AE 20202 viewsTime of Nero, 54-68 AD. AE20 (5.24g, 12h). Ti. Cl. Mnaseas, strategos(?). Struck circa 65 AD. Draped bust of the Senate right / Zeus standing left, holding eagle and staff. EF, dark grayish-green patina, minor roughness.
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Sardeis (AD 54-68) AE 20 - Nero169 viewsNero, 54-68 AD. AE20 (4.90g). Mindios, Strategos, ca 60 AD. ΝEPΩN - KAIΣAP; laureate head right / ΣAPΔIANΩN - ΕΠI MINΔIOY / ΣTPA TO B (titulatur in monogram form); Dionysos standing left, with cantharus and long thyrsus, at feet panther. VF. Rare.
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Sardeis (AD 60-62) AE 17 - Octavia312 viewsOctavia, ca 60-62 AD. AE17 (5.04g). ΘΕΑΝ ΟΚΤΑΟΥΙΑΝ, bust of draped Octavia right (as goddess) with ears of corn in her hair / ΣΑΡΔΙΑΝΩΝ ΕΠΙ ΜΙΝΔΙΟΥ ΣΤΡΑΤΟ Β. Demeter or Hekate-Selene, with torch in each hand, wearing long chiton and flying veil, in a car drawn by two winged snakes; crescent in field above; 3 monograms. Under magistrate Mindios.
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Sardeis (AD 60-62) AE 18 - Octavia343 viewsOctavia, Augusta, 54-62 AD. AE18 (5.79g). ca 60-62 AD. ΘΕΑΝ ΟΚΤΑΟΥΙΑΝ, draped bust right / ΣΑΡΔΙΑΝΩΝ ΕΠΙ ΜΙΝΔΙΟΥ ΣΤΡΑ ΤΟ Β, Demeter with two torches in biga drawn by snakes right. Dark green patina, gVF.
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Sardeis (AD 69-79) AE 18 - Vespasian253 viewsVespasian, 69-79 AD. AE18 (4.02g, 18mm). OVECΠΑCIANOC KAICAP, laureate head right / CAPΔΙΑΝΩΝ, temple with four columns. Very fine.
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Sardeis (AD 69-79) AE 1933 viewsTime of Vespasian, 69-79 AD. AE19 (3.33g). Titus Clodius Epirus Marcellus, proconsul for the second time, and Titus Claudius Phileinus, strategos. ЄΠI TI KΛAY ΦΙΛЄINOY CTPA, draped bust of Men right, wearing phrygian cap and set upon crescent / CAPΔIANΩN in three lines within wreath. Very rare. Overstruck on a Sardian issue of Nero. gVF.
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Sardeis (AD 69-79) AE 20141 viewsTime of Vespasian, 69-79 AD. AE20 (4.52g). Magistrate T. Fl. Eisigonos. Wreathed bust of Dionysos right / Zeus Lydios with eagle and scepter; before, monogram. gVF.1 comments
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Sardeis (AD 69-79) AE 23 - Vespasian129 viewsVespasianus, 69-79 AD. AE23 (7.65g). Magistrate T. Fl. Eisigonos (Strategos). Laureate head right / Legend in four lines within laurel wreath. VF. Tricarico coll.
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Sardeis (AD 69-79) AE 25 - Vespasian281 viewsVespasian, 69-79 AD. AE 25 (11.96g). Laureate head right, AY[TOK] KAIC OYECΠΑCIANΩ / Pluto and Persephone in quadriga right, CAPΔΙ. About very fine.
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Sardeis (AD 69-79) AE 25 - Vespasian181 viewsVespasian, 69-79 AD. AE25 (8.27g). ΑΥΤΟΚ ΚΑΙC ΟΥЄCΠΑCΙΑΝΩ, laureate head right / ЄΠΙ Τ ΦΛ ЄΙCΙΓΟΝΟΥ CΑΡΔΙΑΝΩΝ, Hades and Persephone in quadriga right. Dark green patina, VF.
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Sardeis (AD 71-72) AE354 viewsAutonomous, under Proconsul T. Clodius Eprius Marcellusca, 71-72 AD. AE (4.15g). EΠΙ ΤΙ ΚΛΑΥ ΦΙΛEΙΝΟΥ CΤΡΑ, bust of Athena with aegis and Corinthian helmet left / EΠΙ ΜΑΡΚΕΛΛΟΥ CΑΡΔΙΑΝΩΝ, frontal view of Doric Temple. gVF.
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Sardeis (AD 79-81) AE 24 - Titus89 viewsTitus, 79-81 AD. AE24 (8.52g, 6h), struck under strategos T.FL.Eisigonos. TITOY AYTOKPATOPOC, laureate bust right, draped and cuirassed / EΠI TI ΦΛ EICIΓON(OU) (CARΔIA?), Altar; to right Demos of Sardis standing left with patera; to left Demos of Smyrna. Celebrating alliance between Sardeis and Smyrna. F, dark green patina. Extremely rare (only one other specimen known). Tricarico coll.
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Sardeis (AD 80-100) AE 29318 viewsAutonomous, ca 80-100 AD. AE29 (8.80g). Draped youthful bust of the personification of the Senate right / Demeter standing left, holding grain ears, poppy, and sceptre. EF, emerald green patina, adjustment marks along edge.
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Sardeis (AD 81-96) AE 18 - Domitian41 viewsDomitian, 81-96 AD. AE18 (3.20g, 12h). (ΔOMITIANOC) KAICAP (CEB), Laureate head right / (CAPΔ)IANΩN, Zeus Lydios standing left with eagle and scepter. F, extremely rare. Tricarico coll.
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Sardeis (AD 81-96) AE 26 - Domitian27 viewsDomitian, 81-96 AD. AE26 (10.76g, 12h). ΔOMITIANOC KAICAP CEBACTOC ΓEPMANIKOC, laureate bust right, with aegis / ΔHMOC CAPΔIANΩN ΔHMOC ZMYPNAIΩN, Demos of Sardis standing right, clasping right hand of Demos of Smyrna standing left. Rare, F/VF. Tricarico coll.
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Sardeis (AD 81-96) AE 28 - Domitian7 viewsDomitian, 81-96 AD. AE28 (11.05g). Homonoia issue with Smyrna. ΔOMITIANOC KAICAP CЄBACTOC ΓЄPMANIKOC, laureate head right, wearing aegis / ΔΗΜΟC CAPΔΙΑΝΩΝ ΔΗΜΟC ΖMYPNAIΩΝ, Demos of Sardes standing right, clasping hands with demos of Smyrna standing left. gVF.
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Sardeis (AD 81-96) AE 32 - Domitian273 viewsDomitian, 81-96 AD. AE32 (15.76g), struck under strategos T.FL.Metrodoros. ΔOMITIANOC KAICAP CEBAC - TOC Γ[E]PMANIKOC, laureate bust right, Aegis on left shoulder / [EΠI T ΦΛ MHTPO]ΔΩPOV CTPA - TO B CAPΔ / [IAΩN] (TO ligate), youthful Dionysos in long garment sitting left on throne, resting with left arm on back of throne and propping his head in left hand; with right hand pouring wine from kantharos into cup which Hephaistos holds to him with his left hand; nude Hephaistos standing right, wearing his typical hat and holding right arm behind his back; his hammer standing in front. Rare, F/about VF. Hoeft coll.

The rev. obviously depicts the scene which precedes directly Hephaistos' return to the Olympos. Dionysos has invited Hephaistos to a meeting to make him drunken with wine.
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Sardeis (AD 96-98) AE 28 - Nerva204 viewsNerva, 96-98 AD. AE28 (11.55g). ΝЄΡΒΑ[...] ΑΥΤΟΚΤΡΑΤΩΡ, laureate head right / CΑΡΔΙΑΝΩΝ, Demeter with ears of corn and scepter. Very rare. Dark brown patina. Very fine.
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Sardeis (AD 98-117) AE 15206 viewsTime of Trajan, 98-117 AD. AE15 (2.75g). Lo. Io Libonianos (Strategos). CAPΔI-ANΩN; youthfull head of Dionysos right / CTP ΛO IO ΛI-BΩNIANOV; Thyrsos. Nice very fine.
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Sardeis (AD 98-117) AE 19 - Marciana390 viewsMarciana, sister of Trajan, 98-117 AD. AE19 (4.31g). MAPKIA - CEBACTH, draped bust of diademed Marciana right / [CAR] - DIA - N[W]N - PELO[Y], Pelops with a raised whip riding galloping horse right. aEF/VF. Ex Hauck & Aufhauser, Auk. 16 (10/2001), lot 318.
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Sardeis (AD 98-117) AE 25 - Trajan100 viewsTrajan, 98-117 AD. AE25 (11.63g). 110/111 AD. ΑΥ ΚΑΙ ΝЄΡ ΤΡΑΙΑΝΟC CЄΒ ΓЄΡ ΔΑΚΙΚΟC, laureate and draped bust right / ЄΠΙ ΛΟΥ ΒΑΙ ΤΟΥΛΛΟΥ Α−ΝΘΥΠΑΤΟΥ CΑΡΔΙΑΝΩΝ, Trophy in between two captives. Rare. Dark green patina, VF.
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Sardeis (AD 98-180) AE 22440 views2nd-3rd century AD. AE22 - Diassarion (5.22g, 6h). Bearded head of Herakles left / CARDI - ANWN, Omphale standing right with lion's skin over shoulders, holding club in left hand and drapery with right. A splendid piece, with a fine, glossy, dark green patina. Struck in high relief and especially attractive. Good extremely fine. From a Swiss private collection.

Omphale, a mythical queen of Lydia, received Herakles to do her bidding for a year in punishment for his murder of Iphytos. He even had to help her with her spinning, and she, as we see here, wore his lion’s skin and wielded his club. Struck by his charm she later freed and married him, and their children were the ancestors of the later Heraklid dynasty of Sardeis.
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Sardeis (AD 98-180) AE 25412 viewsImperial Times, 2nd cent AD. AE25 (7.28g). Head Herakles left / CAPΔIANΩN, Omphale standing right, wearing lion skin and holding club. Black patina. GVF.
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Sardeis (AD 100-200) AE 16231 viewsLate 1st - early 2nd cent AD. AE16 (2.86g). [IЄPA CVN]-KΛHTOC, bust of Senate right. / CAPΔI-A-NΩN, tetrastyle temple. Very fine.
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Sardeis (AD 100-200) AE 20226 viewsRoman Imperial Times, 2nd century AD. AE 20.7mm (2.34g), Darios magistrate. EΠI ΔAPIOV, bust of Dionysos right, wearing wreath of ivy / CAPΔIANΩN, torch.
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Sardeis (AD 100-200) AE 22225 views2nd century AD. AE22 (5.81g). CAPΔIA-NΩN, head of Dionysos left, wearing ivy-wreath / CAPΔIANΩN, bearded and nude Silenos sitting right on basket (cista mystica?), holding kantharos in right hand and infant Dionysos, who sits on his left knee and stretches his arms. Very rare, about VF, sand patina. Hoeft coll.; ex Hauck & Aufhäuser.
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Sardeis (AD 100-200) AE 2573 viewsImperial Times, 2nd century AD. AE25 (7.19g). IЄP CVNKΛHTOC, youthfull bust of Senate / ∙CAPΔIANΩN ∙B∙ NЄΩKOPΩN∙, Zeus standing left holding eagle, leaning on scepter. Almost very fine.
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Sardeis (AD 100-200) AE 26255 views2nd cent AD. AE26 (6.85g). Draped bust of city-goddess right / CAPΔΙNΩN/ EPMO, naked bearded River-god Hermos recumbent left, holding cornucopiae; to left, jug pouring wine. Edge spilt, nice very fine.
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Sardeis (AD 100-200) AE 26216 viewsImperial Times, 2nd century AD. AE26 (5.86g). IЄPA•CVN •KΛHTOC, young male bust of Senate right, shoulders draped. / CARΔIANΩN•B – NЄOKORΩN, god Mên standing left, wearing Phrygian cap holding scepter and pine-cone. Reverse slightly double struck, reverse adjustment marks, good very fine.
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Sardeis (AD 100-200) AE 2696 viewsImperial Times, 2nd cent AD. AE26 (8.60g, 6h). Youthful, draped bust of the Senate right / Tyche standing left, holding grain ears, rudder, and cornucopia. Good VF, green patina. From Group CEM.
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Sardeis (AD 100-200) AE 2846 views2nd century AD. AE28 (10.26g). ZЄVC ΛVΔΙΟC, diademed head of Zeus left / ΘЄΑ ΡΩΜΗ, Roma seated left on arms, holding Victory and parazonium. VF.
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Sardeis (AD 100-300) AE 19530 viewsImperial times, 2nd-3rd century AD. AE19 (3.23g). ΣAP - ΔIΣ, Tyche Sardis right, draped and veiled, wearing mural crown / ΣAPΔIANΩN B NEΩKOPΩN, cult statue of Kore standing facing, wearing polos, surmounted by star and crescent; grain-ear to left, poppy to right. Rare variant. VF, black-green patina.1 comments
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Sardeis (AD 105-117) AE 22 - Plotina311 viewsPlotina, wife of Trajan, Augusta, ca 105-117 AD. AE22 (4.21g, 12h). Draped bust right / Pelops on horseback right, holding whip. VF, black-green patina.
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Sardeis (AD 117-138) Cistophoric Tetradrachm - Hadrian267 viewsHadrian, 117-138 AD. AR Cistophoric Tetradrachm (10.62g), Sardis mint. Bare head right / Veiled figure of Ceres standing right, holding transverse sceptre; no star to right. VF. Overstruck on an uncertain type.
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Sardeis (AD 117-138) Cistophoric Tetradrachm - Hadrian222 viewsHadrian, 117-138 AD. AR Cistophoric Tetradrachm (10.84g), Sardis mint. Bare head right / Cult statue of Persian Artemis flanked by grain ears and poppy. VF. Overstruck on an uncertain type of Augustus.
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Sardeis (AD 117-138) Cistophoric Tetradrachm - Hadrian275 viewsHadrian, 117-138 AD. AR Cistophoric Tetradrachm (11.36g, 8h), struck after 128 AD. Bare head right / Demeter advancing right, holding grain ears and reverted torch. Good VF, obverse double struck. Overstruck on an uncertain undertype.
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Sardeis (AD 117-138) Cistophoric Tetradrachm - Hadrian333 viewsHadrian, 117-138 AD. AR Cistophoric Tetradrachm (10.87g, 7h). Sardis mint. Struck after 128 AD. Bare head right / Cult statue of Kore standing facing; grain ears and poppy at feet. VF. Overstruck on an uncertain undertype.
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Sardeis (AD 117-138) Cistophoric Tetradrachm - Hadrian310 viewsHadrian, 117-138 AD. AR Cistophoric Tetradrachm (10.48g, 1h), struck after 128 AD. Bare head right; countermark: IMP (ligate) VES AV(AV ligate) G in incuse / Cult statue of Kore standing facing; grain ears and poppy at feet. VF. Overstruck on a cistophorus of Mark Antony which bore the IMP VES AV countermark.
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Sardeis (AD 117-138) Cistophoric Tetradrachm - Hadrian228 viewsHadrian, 117-138 AD. AR Cistophoric Tetradrachm (10.66g, 26mm, 6h). Sardeis mint. Struck after 128 AD. Bare head right / Cult statue of Kore; grain ears and poppy at sides. VF.
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Sardeis (AD 128-137) AE 26 - Sabina204 viewsSabina, Augusta, 128-137 AD. AE26 (12.49g, 6h). Diademed and draped bust right / Sabina(?), togate and veiled standing left, holding wand. VF, brown patina with some spots of red. Unpublished in the standard references. Ex Righetti Coll. 7160; Ex M&M 15 (10/2004), lot 844.1 comments
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Sardeis (AD 139-161) AE 21 - Marcus Aurelius192 viewsMarcus Aurelius, as Caesar, 139-161 AD. AE21 (3.37g). Bare-headed and draped bust right / EΠΙ NEIKOMAXOV CAPΔIANΩN, winged caduceus. Near VF, dark green and brown patina, several small splits on edge.
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Sardeis (AD 166-177) AE 30 - Commodus49 viewsCommodus, as Caesar, 166-177 AD. AE30 (15.27g, 6h). G. Asinius Frugi, archon. Bareheaded and draped bust right / Facing cult statue of Kore of Sardis; poppy to left, grain ear to right. Near VF, grayish-green patina, earthen deposits.

Only one listed thus far in RPC Online, in a private collection.
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Sardeis (AD 187-211) AE 28 - Julia Domna273 viewsJulia Domna, second wife of Septimus Severus, Empress, 187-211 AD. AE28 (9.60g). Draped bust right / Large agnostic prize urn containing a palm and ornamented with five circles which each contain a pellet resting on tablet inscribed XPYCANΘINA. Nice VF, brown patina.
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Sardeis (AD 193-217) AE 19 - Julia Domna40 viewsJulia Domna, 193-217 AD. AE19 (4.80g). Draped bust right / ∙CAPΔIANΩN ∙B∙ NЄΩKOPΩN∙, facing cult statue of Kore of Sardis; poppy to left, grain ear to right. VF.
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Sardeis (AD 193-217) AE 22 - Julia Domna116 viewsJulia Domna, 193-217 AD. AE22 (6.21g). Draped bust right / Eagle with spread wings head right; below, infant Zeus with raised right hand seated left. VF.
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Sardeis (AD 193-217) AE 22 - Julia Domna31 viewsJulia Domna, Augusta,193-217 AD. AE22 (5.79g). IOYΛIA CЄBACTH, draped bust right / ЄΠI POVΦOV CAPΔIANΩN B NЄΩKOPΩN, Mên standing left, holding pine cone and sceptre. VF.
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Sardeis (AD 193-217) AE 28 - Julia Domna156 viewsJulia Domna, Augusta, 193-217 AD. AE28 (12.20g, 6h). Draped bust right / Pelops on horseback right, holding whip. Good Fine, brown patina.1 comments
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Sardeis (AD 193-217) AE 28 - Julia Domna26 viewsJulia Domna, Augusta, 193-217 AD. AE28 (15.07g, 6h). G. Cl. Mithrus, archon. IOYΛIA CЄBACTH, draped bust left (as Fortuna), wearing calathus and with cornucopia over shoulder / ЄΠI Γ KΛ MI-ΘPOY APX A / CAPΔIANΩN B / NЄΩKOPΩN, prize crown, containing palm frond, decorated with five pellets-in-annulets, and set upon base inscribed XPVCANΘINA. VF, dark green patina. Very rare.
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Sardeis (AD 193-217) AE 29 - Julia Domna103 viewsJulia Domna, 193-217 AD. AE29 (11.3g). IOYΛIA CЄBACTH, draped bust of Julia Domna as Tyche left with kalathos and cornucopia / ЄΠIΓ KΛ MIΘPOY APXA KAPΔIANΩN B NЄ / ΩKOPΩN, Cult statue of Kore standing facing; grain ears and poppy at feet; wreath and bucranium flanking head. EF.
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Sardeis (AD 193-217) AE 30 - Julia Domna161 viewsJulia Domna, Augusta, 193-217 AD. AE30 (14.54g, 6h). C. Cl. Mithros, archon α´. Draped bust right / Cult statue of Kore standing facing; grain ears and poppy at feet; wreath and bucranium flanking head. Near VF, dusty green and brown patina.
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Sardeis (AD 193-217) AE 31 - Julia Domna37 viewsJulia Domna, 193-217 AD. AE31 (12.16g). T. Flavius Frontonus, archon. IOYΛIA CЄBACTH, draped bust right / ЄΠI T ΦΛ ΦΡONTΩNOC AΡ / CAΡΔIANΩN B NЄΩKOΡ / ΩN, Triptolemos driving biga of winged serpents right, holding basket of fruits; two grain ears to right. Very rare. VF.
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Sardeis (AD 194-217) AE 22 - Julia Domna241 viewsJulia Domna, 194-217 AD. AE22 (5.71g), struck under archon Annius Rufus. IOVΛIA - CEBACTH, draped bust right, hair in broad bun behind / EΠI POVΦOV CAPΔI-A-NΩN B NEΩKOPΩN, Demeter in double-chiton standing facing, head left, holding in extended right hand two grain-ears and in raised left hand burning long torch; at her feet, coiled snake left. Rare, about VF, dark green patina. Hoeft coll.
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Sardeis (AD 194-217) AE 28 - Julia Domna207 viewsJulia Domna, Augusta, 193-217 AD. AE28 (11.32g, 7h). Draped bust right / Prize crown decorated with nine circles set on base inscribed XPVCANΘINA . VF, olive green patina with some earthen deposits, minor roughness. Ex Righetti Coll. 5780.
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Sardeis (AD 198-217) AE 25 - Caracalla255 viewsCaracalla, 198-217 AD. AE25 (9.89g, 6h). An(nius?) Rufus, archon. Radiate head right / Hercules advancing right, leading the Cretan Bull by the horns holding upraised club; EΠI POV ΦOV in legend. VF, brown surfaces.
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Sardeis (AD 198-217) AE 25 - Caracalla51 viewsCaracalla, 198-217 AD. AE25 (6.83g, 7h) Radiate bust right / Lion advancing left, star above; ant queen in left field. aVF.
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Sardeis (AD 198-217) AE 25 - Caracalla14 viewsCaracalla, 198-217 AD. AE25 (7.13g). AV K M AV ANTΩNЄINOC, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right / CAPΔIANΩN B NЄΩKOPΩN, Zeus standing left, holding eagle and sceptre. gVF.
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Sardeis (AD 198-217) AE 28 - Caracalla27 viewsCaracalla, 198-217 AD. AE28 (7.04g). Radiate head right / ∙CAPΔI ANΩN ∙B∙ NЄΩKOPΩN∙, Tyche standing with rudder and cornucopiae. Obverse double struck, VF.
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Sardeis (AD 198-217) AE 30 - Caracalla7 viewsCaracalla, 198-217 AD. AE30 (12.15g). An. Rufus, archon. AVT K M AVP CЄ ANTΩNЄINOC, laureate head right / ЄΠI AN POVΦOV APXA TO Γ / CAPΔIANΩN B NЄΩKOPΩN, Hercules, holding cantharus and club, and Dionysus, holding cantharus and thyrsus, standing slightly left, heads facing one another; bow and quiver to outler left, panther between. gVF.
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Sardeis (AD 198-217) AE 32 - Caracalla214 viewsCaracalla, 198-217 AD. AE32 (16.06g). Laureate and cuirassed bust right / EΠI Γ CAΛ KΛAVD-IANO VAPX A T B CAP-ΔIANΩN B NEΩKOPΩN, cult statue of Kore between grain ear and poppy. Near VF, dark brown patina, some scattered light roughness. Ex Sir Hermann Weber Collection, 6912.
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Sardeis (AD 198-217) AE 35 - Caracalla260 viewsCaracalla, 198-217 AD. AE35 (20.45g). AVT KAI M AVP - CE ANTΩΝΕΙΝΟ - C, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right / EΠI Γ KΛ MI - ΘPOV APX A around, [C]APΔIANΩN B NEΩKOPΩN in exergue, Caracalla, laureate and in military dress, standing left, holding spear under left arm, and raising wreath in right hand above cult statue of Kore, extended toward him by city-goddess with her right hand; city-goddess stands right, towered and veiled, and holds transverse scepter in left hand. Apparently the second known specimen. Smooth green patina, VF.

The type appears to commemorate some honor granted to the cult of Kore at Smyrna by Caracalla during his sole reign. No coins of Smyrna naming the archon Mithros were known to Head in BMC Lydia, p. civ, but there are two coins of Julia Domna naming this magistrate in SNG von Aulock, 3156 and 8256.
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Sardeis (AD 198-217) AE 39 - Caracalla358 viewsCaracalla, 211-217 AD. AE39 - Medallion (27.34g). Homonoia with Ephesos. ΑΥ K M AVP ΑΝΤΩΝЄΙΝΟC, laureate, draped and cuirssed bust right / CΑΡΔΙANΩN KA ЄΦЄCIΩN / ΟΜΟΝΟΙΑ, Tyche of Sardeis with Kore and Tyche of Ephesos with cult staue of Artmis Ephesia. Very rare.
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Sardeis (AD 198-217) AE 46 - Caracalla 194 viewsCaracalla, 198-217 AD. AE46 - Medallion (41.86g, 6h). Circa 198-209 AD. AY KAI M AV - ANTONЄINOC, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right / CAPΔIANON [Δ]IC / NEOKOPON MH / TPOΠOΛЄOC / ACIAC (in ex.), ЄΠI CTPA KOP OYЄTTHNIANOY ACIAPX, two hexastyle temples facing each other at 3/4 perspective angle; above, two wreaths. Very rare. Green patina with minor deposits. aEF.1 comments
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Sardeis (AD 200-235) AE 22292 viewsImperial times, ca 200-235 AD. AE22 (5.01g). MEN ACKENOC, bust of Mên Askenos right on crescent moon, wearing Phrygian cap / CAPΔAANΩN B NEΩKOPΩN, EPMOC, River god Hermos reclining left. Light green patina. Very fine.
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Sardeis (AD 200-250) AE 15217 viewsFirst half of 3rd cent AD. AE15 (1.61g). ZEYC ΛYΔIOC; draped bust of Zeus Lydios right / CAPΔI-ANΩN; Herakles standing to front; head left; resting in on club; lion’s skin draped over left arm. No patina, good very fine.
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Sardeis (AD 209-211) AE 43 - Geta285 viewsGeta, 209-211 AD. AE43 - Medaillon (41.29g). Homonoia with Ephesos. AVTOK KAI Π CЄΠ ΓЄTA, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust r. / CAPΔIANΩN KAI EΦЄCIΩN / OMONOIA, Heros Tylos with cult statue of Kore of Sardeis and Heros Androklos with statue of Artemis Ephesia facing each other. Very rare. Dark green patina, VF.
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Sardeis (AD 209-212) AE 26 - Geta84 viewsGeta, 209-212 AD. AE26 (8.97g). ΠO CЄB - ΓЄTAC KAI, laureate head right / CAPΔIANΩN B NЄΩ - K - OPΩN, Pelops in short chiton and chlamys, running right, grasping prancing horse; below grass. Very rare, F-F+, rough olive-green patina. Hoeft coll.1 comments
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Sardeis (AD 209-212) AE 43 - Geta7 viewsGeta. 209-211 AD. AE43 - Medallion (41.33g, 5h). Admitos, strategos for the third time. • AVTOK • KAI • Π • CЄΠ ΓЄTAC, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / ЄΠI • CTPA • AΔMHTOV • Γ •, CAPΔIANΩN/• B • NЄΩKOPΩ/N, Geta and Caracalla on horseback left, each with right hand raised, about to trample two bound captives, their shields thrown on groundline below horses. Near EF, green-brown patina.

A particularly bold portrait of a mature Geta. The same obverse die was used to strike very rare “homonoia” medallions commemorating an alliance between Sardis and Ephesus (Franke & Nollé 1840).
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Sardeis (AD 211-217) AE 26 - Caracalla186 viewsCaracalla, 211-217 AD. AE26 (7.96g). ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙ Μ ΑΥΡ ΑΝΤΩΝЄΙΝΟC, radiate head right / CΑΡΔΙΑΝΩΝ ΝЄΩΚΟΡΩΝ, Tyche with rudder and cornucopiae. Nice dark green patina. Very fine.
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Sardeis (AD 211-217) AE 35 - Caracalla337 viewsCaracalla, 211-217 AD. AE35 - Medaillon (20.13g). Homonoia with Ephesos. ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙ Μ ΑΥΡ ΣΕΥ−Η ΑΝΤΩΝΕΙΝΟΣ, laureate, draped and cuirssed bust right / ΣΑΡΔΙΣ / ΕΦΕΣΟΣ / ΟΜΟΝΟΙΑ / ΕΠΙ ΑΝ ΡΟΥΦΟΥ / ΑΡΧΟΝΤ Α / ΤΟ Γ, Tyche of Sardeis with Kore and Tyche of Ephesos with cult staue of Artmis Ephesia. Very rare. Dark green patina. Extremely fine.1 comments
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Sardeis (AD 217-238) AE 1542 viewsImperial Times, ca 217-238 AD. AE15 (1.80g). ZЄVC ΛIΔIOC, bust of Zeus Lydios right / CAP ΔI ANΩN, humped bull standing right, before two altars on each of which is a coiled serpent erect to left. VF.
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Sardeis (AD 217-238) AE 1839 viewsImperial Times, ca 217-238 AD. AE18 (1.64g). ZЄVC ΛIΔIOC, bust of Zeus Lydios right / CAPΔI A NΩN, altar with coiled serpent. Obverse double struck. gVF.
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Sardeis (AD 218-222) AE 25 - Elagabalus16 viewsElagabalus, 218-222 AD. AE25 (7.43g). Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind / ∙CAPΔIAN Ω N ∙Γ∙ NЄΩKOPΩN∙, Helios standing holding globe. VF.
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Sardeis (AD 218-222) AE 26 - Elagabalus176 viewsElagabalus, 218-222 AD. AE26 (5.93g). Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind / CAP-ΔIANΩN Γ NEΩKOPΩN, Helios walking left, right hand raised, holding whip in left. Near VF, dark green and brown patina, some light roughness.
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Sardeis (AD 218-225) AE 21 - Julia Maesa72 viewsJulia Maesa, Augusta, 218-225 AD. AE21 (5.09g). ΙΟΥΛΙΑ ΜΑΙCΑ ΑΥ, draped bust right / CΑΡΔΙΑΝΩΝ ΤΡ−Ι−C ΝΕΩΚΟΡΩΝ, Mên standing facing holding pine apple and scepter, head left. Dark green patina, VF.
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Sardeis (AD 222-235) AE 25 - Severus Alexander263 viewsSeverus Alexander, 222-235 AD. AE25 (5.61g). Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind / EΠI NEIKOMAX CAPΔIANΩN [...] PAΦIH, temple of Aphrodite of Paphos consisting of a central portico flanked by two tall towers with a semicircular enclosure paved with tiles; sacred stone between two towers with crescent and star above; two columns surmounted by doves on either side, two torches on outside. Near VF, rough green patina. Apparently unrecorded.1 comments
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Sardeis (AD 222-235) AE 25 - Severus Alexander195 viewsSeverus Alexander, 222-235 AD. AE25 (5.85g). AVT• K• M• AV• C Є• AΛЄΞANΔPOC, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind. / EΠI NEIKOMAX CAPΔIANΩN [...] PAΦIH, temple of Aphrodite of Paphos consisting of a central portico flanked by two tall towers with a semicircular enclosure paved with tiles; sacred stone between two towers with crescent and star above; two columns surmounted by doves on either side, two torches on outside. Good F.
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Sardeis (AD 238-244) AE 22 – Tranquilina187 viewsTranquilina, wife of Gordian III, 238-244 AD. AE22 (4.22g). ΦOVP TPANQVΛΛЄINA, draped bust right / CAPΔIANΩN ANΩN B NЄΩKOPΩN; Men holding scepter and pine-cone. Small flan flaw on edge, very fine.
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Sardeis (AD 238-244) AE 25 - Gordian III227 viewsGordian III, 238-244 AD. AE25 (6.34g). •AVT• K• M• ANT• ΓOPΔIANOC, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right / ЄΠI POV ΦЄINOV CAPΔIANΩN B NЄOKOP, bukranion and torch within wreath. VF.
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Sardeis (AD 238-244) AE 42 - Gordian III313 viewsGordian III, 238-244 AD. AE42 - Medallion (28.41g). MHTPOΠOΛIC CAPΔIC ACIAC ΛVΔIAC ЄΛΛAΔOC A, turreted, veiled and draped bust of Tyche right / ЄΠI AVP ΠOVΦЄINOV APX A T B CAPΔIANΩN B NЄΩKOPΩN, Zeus seated left within Zodiac, holding Nike on outstretched right hand and long sceptre in left. Near VF, dark brown patina, obverse smoothed, reverse corrosion. Ex Sternberg Auk. XI (11/1981), lot 304.
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Sardeis (AD 244-249) AE 24 - Philip I88 viewsPhilip I, 244-249 AD. AE24 (7.60g, 6h). Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right / Dionysos standing left, resting on column; panther at his feet. Dark patina, VF.
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Sardeis (AD 244-249) AE 31 - Otacilia Severa127 viewsOtacilia Severa, 244-248 AD. AE31 (13.94g). Μ ΩΤΑ CЄΒΗΡΑ CЄΒ, draped and diademed bust on crescent / ЄΠ Π ΚΟΡ ΑΚΥΛ [...] ΑΡΞ Α CΑΡΔΙΑΝΩΝ [...] ΝЄΩ-ΚΟ-ΡΩΝ, cult statue of Kore facing, to the left ears of corn, to the right poppy. Rare. VF.1 comments
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Sardeis (AD 250) AE 41513 viewsMid-3rd cent AD. AE41 - Medallion (25.50g, 12h). Aurelius Rufinus, first archon for the second time. MHTPOΠΟΛIC CAPΔIC ·ACIAC· ΛVΔIAC· EΛΛAΔOC· A·, veiled and draped bust of Tyche right, wearing mural crown / EΠI AVP POV[Φ]EINOV APX T(o) B CAPΔIANΩN B NEΩKOPΩN, ZEVC LVΔIOC across inner fields, Zeus Lydius seated left on high throne, holding Nike in right hand and sceptre in left, surrounded by zodiacal wheel border. Good VF, red and brown patina with green overtones. Very rare.

In Treasures of Ancient Coinage: From the Private Collections of ANS Members, Catharine Lorber catalogued a coin of Maximinus I Thrax from Anchialus in Thrace with a very similar reverse type (see p. 121, no. 110). Lorber summarized the type as "...a symbolic map of the cosmos. Zeus, chief of the gods, is the central figure... Surrounding this scene is a broad band containing the twelve signs of the zodiac. The entire design reflects the common belief of 3rd century Romans that their lives were shaped by higher powers. This schema and variations on it were employed by numerous mints for different emperors from the mid-2nd through the mid-3rd centuries."
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Sardeis (AD 253-260) AE 46 - Valerian567 viewsValerian I, 253-260 AD. AE46 - Medallion (42.0g). Radiate, cuirassed bust right / Demeter in car right drawn by two winged serpents. Extremely Rare and nice.
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Sardeis (AD 253-268) AE 23 - Gallienus195 viewsGallienus, 253-268 AD. AE23 (7.78g). [AVT] K Π•Λ• ΓAΛΛIHNOC•C•, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / CAPΔIANΩ N NЄΩKOP ΩN•, A above prize crown. Apparently unpublished. Nice VF.1 comments
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Sardeis (AD 253-268) AE 29 - Salonina188 viewsSalonina, wife of Gallienus, 253-268 AD. AE29 (7.47g). CAΛON XPYCOΓONHC, draped bust wearing stephane right / ЄΠ POYΦOY AΔI CAPΔIANΩN Γ NЄΩKOPΩN, cultus-statue of Kore; on left, corn-ear, on right, poppy. Nice VF.
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Sardeis (AD 253-268) AE 37 - Gallienus69 viewsGallienus, 253-268 AD. AE37 (18.17g). Domitianus Rufus, Asiarch. AVT K Π ΛIK ΓΑΛΛΙΗΝΟC CЄ, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right / ЄΠΙ ΔΟΜ ΡΟΥΦΟΥ ΑCIAPX Κ ΥIOY B ACIAPX K KPAT APX A, three prize urns, each containing palm, on table; below, inscription in 3 lines: CAPΔIANΩN Γ NЄΩKOP. Cleaning marks, VF.
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