Asia Minor Coins - Photo Gallery

Ancient Greek and Roman coins from Asia Minor


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(BC 94-74) Nikomedes IV - Tetradrachm904 viewsNikomedes IV, 94-74 BC. AR Tetradrachm (14.87g), dated year 214 (= 85/84 BC). Diademed head right / Zeus standing left with scepter, crowing name of king, in field, eagle on thunderbolt. gVF.
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(BC 94-74) Nikomedes IV - Tetradrachm457 viewsNikomedes IV, ca 94-74 BC. AR Tetradrachm (16.64g), dated BE 223 (75/4 BC). Diademed head of Nikomedes right / Zeus standing left, holding wreath and sceptre; eagle on thunderbolt above monogram and ΓΚΣ (date) to left. Good VF, toned, spots of die rust on obverse. Drewry Coll.; ex Frank Kovacs Sale XII (11/1995), lot 81.
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(BC 94-74) Nikomedes IV - Tetradrachm560 viewsNikomedes IV, ca 94-74 BC. AR Tetradrachm (16.37g, 12h), dated BE 208 (90/89 BC). Diademed head of Nikomedes right / Zeus standing left, holding wreath and sceptre; eagle on thunderbolt above monogram and HΣ (date) to left. Good VF,
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(BC 128-94) Nikomedes III - Tetradrachm408 viewsca 128-92 BC. AR Tetradrachm (16.02g), dated year 204 of Bithynian era (= 94/93 BC). Diademed head right / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΝΙΚΟΜΗΔΟΥ, Zeus standing left, wreath in right hand, staff in left; eagle and mongram to left, ΔΣ (date) below. Slight spotting, EF. Ex MuM 88 (1999), lot 212; Ex Deppert Liste 2 (9/1959), lot 64.
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(BC 128-94) Nikomedes III - Tetradrachm443 viewsNikomedes III, 128-94 BC. AR Tetradrachm (16.83g, 12h), dated 177 BE (121/0 BC). Diademed head right / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΝΙΚΟΜΗΔΟΥ, Zeus standing left, holding wreath in right hand, lotus tipped sceptre in left; to inner left, eagle on thunderbolt above monogram and ZOP (date). Good VF, lightly toned, broad flan. Rare variety, only one specimen cited by De Callatay. Cohen Coll.; ex New York Sale V (1/2003), lot 136.
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(BC 128-94) Nikomedes III - Tetradrachm445 viewsNikomedes III, 128-94 BC. AR Tetradrachm (16.14g, 32mm). Dated CY 203 (95/94 BC). Diademed head right / Zeus standing left, holding wreath and sceptre; eagle on thunderbolt above monogram and date to left. Nice VF, small flan flaw behind head.
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(BC 149-128) Nikomedes II - Tetradrachm416 viewsNikomedes II, 149-128 BC. AR Tetradrachm (16.16g), dated year 86 of Bithynian Era (= 113/112 BC). Diademed head right / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΝΙΚΟΜΗΔΟΥ, Zeus standing left, crowing king's name; in field, eagle on thunderbolt, monogram and ΣΠΡ (date) below. Toned, gVF/VF.
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(BC 149-128) Nikomedes II - Tetradrachm372 viewsNikomedes II, 149-128 BC. AR Tetradrachm (16.68g). Diademed head of Nikomedes right / Zeus standing left, holding wreath and sceptre; eagle on thunderbolt and monogram to left. Good VF, broad flan, a few field nicks. From the Garth R. Drewry Collection. Ex CNG 43 (9/1997), lot 492.
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(BC 149-128) Nikomedes II - Tetradrachm464 viewsNikomedes II, 149-128 BC. AR Tetradrachm (16.13g), dated year 167 BE (132/131 BC). Diademed head right / Zeus standing, holding wreath and sceptre; eagle on thunderbolt, monogram and date before. Toned, good VF.
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(BC 149-74) Nikomedes II, III or IV - AE 12205 viewsca 149-74 BC. AE12 (1.51g). Star of nine rays, ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ between / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΝΙΚΟΜΗΔΟΥ, cornucopiae with ears of corn. Very rare. Very fine.
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(BC 182-149) Prusias II - AE535 viewsPrusias II, 182-149 BC. AE (5.41g). Head of Dionysos right / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ / ΠΡΟΥΣΙΟΥ, Kentaur Chiron trotting right, monogram to right. Dark green patina, VF.
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(BC 182-149) Prusias II - AE410 viewsPrusias II, 182-149 BC. AE (13.60g), struck in Nikomedeia. Bust of Athena left / Nike walking right. Dark brown patina, VF. Rare.
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(BC 182-149) Prusias II - AE 16324 viewsPrusias II, 182-149 BC. AE16 (2.19g). Head of Hermes right, wearing Petasos / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΠΡΟΥΣΙΟΥ, caduceus. Dark green patina, VF/gVF. Very rare type. Gutknecht coll., ex Bank Leu AG, Zurich.
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(BC 182-149) Prusias II - AE 18410 viewsPrusias II, 182-149 BC. AE18 (3.56g). Head of Prusias right, wearing winged diadem / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΠΡΟΥΣΙΟΥ, naked Herakles standing left, lion skin under arm, holding club; monogram to right. Dark patina, gVF. Gutknecht coll.
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(BC 182-149) Prusias II - AE 19337 viewsPrusias II, 182-149 BC. AE19 (3.85g). Head of Prusias right, wearing a winged diadem / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ right, ΠΡΟΥΣΙΟΥ left, Herakles standing left, holding club in right hand, lion's skin in left. Dark patina, nice very fine.
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(BC 182-149) Prusias II - AE 20445 viewsPrusias II, 182-149 BC. AE20 (5.19g, 12h). Head of wreathed Dionysos right / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΠΡΟΥΣΙΟΥ, Kentaur Chiron trotting right, lyra in left hand; monogram to right. Green-brown patina, small corrosion spots, aEF/EF.
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(BC 182-149) Prusias II - AE 21443 viewsPrusias II, 182-149 BC. AE21 (6.78g). Wreathed head of Dionysos right / Centaur walking right, playing lyre. Good VF, glossy black patina.
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(BC 182-149) Prusias II - AE 31336 viewsPrusias II, 182-149 BC. AE31 (12.20g, 12h). Head of Athena left, wearing crested Corinthian helmet / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΠΡΟΥΣΙΟΥ, Nike walking right, carrying trophy over left shoulder; monogram to inner right. Good VF, mottled brown patina, adjustment marks on both sides, probably overstruck.
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(BC 182-149) Prusias II - AE 31367 viewsPrusias II, 182-149 BC. AE31 (14.07g). Helmeted head (Athena?) right / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΠΡΟΥΣΙΟΥ, Nike standing left, wearing long Chiton, holding Stylus with left hand, crowing king's name with wreath in right hand; two Pilei of the Dioskuroi, monogram underneath. Green patina, gVF. Rare series. Gutknecht coll., ex Spink (London, 10/1993), lot 219, and Spink 114 (London, 1996), lot 54; purchased from Leu Numismatik, Zurich.
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(BC 182-149) Prusias II - Tetradrachm397 viewsPrusias II Cynegos, 182-149 BC. AR Tetradrachm (16.91g, 1h). Diademed and winged head right / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΠΡΟΥΣΙΟΥ, Zeus Stephanophoros standing left; to inner left, eagle standing left on thunderbolt above monogram. Near EF. Exceptional Hellenistic portrait. Drewry Coll.; ex Triton III (12/1999), lot 484.
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(BC 182-149) Prusias II - Tetradrachm329 viewsPrusias II, 182-149 BC. AR Tetradrachm (16.99g, 11h). Diademed and winged head right / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΠΡΟΥΣΙΟΥ, Zeus standing left, holding wreath in right hand, lotus tipped sceptre in left; to inner left, monogram above and below eagle standing left on thunderbolt. Superb EF, lightly toned. Exceptional Hellenistic portrait. Ex Leu 83 (5/2003), lot 281; Tkalec (10/1994), lot 94; Leu 2 (4/1972), lot 223.
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(BC 182-149) Prusias II - Tetradrachm469 viewsPrusias II, 182-149 BC. AR Tetradrachm (16.88g, 34mm, 12h). Diademed and winged head right / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΠΡΟΥΣΙΟΥ, Zeus standing left, holding wreath in right hand, lotus tipped sceptre in left; to inner left, eagle standing left on thunderbolt, monograms below. Toned, aEF/VF. Ex Giessener Muenzhandlung Auc. 67 (5/1994), lot 202.
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(BC 182-149) Prusias II - Tetradrachm 214 viewsPrusias II Cynegos, 182-149 BC. AR Tetradrachm (16.79g, 12h), Nikomedeia mint. Head of Prusias right, with slight beard and wearing winged diadem / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΠΡΟΥΣΙΟΥ, Zeus standing left, half draped, crowning king's name with an olive wreath held in his right hand and holding a long scepter in his left; to left, eagle standing left on thunderbolt over monogram. aEF. PGB coll.

Prusias II was a king about whom little good can be said. His epithet means “the Hunter” and that was the activity he liked most. As his reign went on, he became more and more disliked; he was killed after his much more attractive son Nikomedes revolted against him and took over the throne to universal acclaim.
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(BC 183-149) AE 20 - Prusias II379 viewsPrusias II, 183-149 BC. AE20 (5.57g). Eagle standing right/ Thunderbolt. Dark green patina. Extremely fine.
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(BC 228-183) Prusias I - AE 16291 viewsPrusias I, 228-183 BC. AE16 (4.71g). Laureate head Apollo right / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΠΡΟΥΣΙΟΥ, bow and quiver. Dark green patina, EF.
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(BC 228-183) Prusias I - AE 18262 viewsPrusias I, 228-183 BC. AE18 (3.54g). Laureate head Apollo right / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΠΡΟΥΣΙΟΥ, bow and quiver. Light green patina, EF.
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(BC 228-183) Prusias I - AE 18280 viewsPrusias I, 228-183 BC. AE18 (5.95g). Laureate head Apollo right / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΠΡΟΥΣΙΟΥ, kithara. Dark green patina, EF.
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(BC 228-183) Prusias I - AE 18314 viewsPrusias I, 228-183 BC. AE18 (5.24g). Laureate head Apollo right / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΠΡΟΥΣΙΟΥ, bow and quiver. Olive brown patina, EF. Gutknecht coll.
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(BC 228-183) Prusias I - AE 18296 viewsPrusias I, 228-183 BC. AE18 (4.86g). Laureate head Apollo right / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΠΡΟΥΣΙΟΥ, kithara. Olive-green patina, EF. Gutknecht coll.
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(BC 228-183) Prusias I - AE 23431 viewsPrusias I, 228-183 BC. AE23 (9.92g). Diademed head of Zeus right / Thunderbolt, ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ / ΠΡΟΥΣΙΟΥ above and below, within wreath. Good VF, glossy dark brown patina with some green encrustation.
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(BC 228-183) Prusias I - AE 26308 viewsPrusias I, 228-185 BC. AE26 (11.01g, 12h). Laureate head Apollo left / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΠΡΟΥΣΙΟΥ, Athena-Nike standing left; ΗΓ monogram to left. VF, light smoothing in fields. Ex Lakeview Collection.
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(BC 228-183) Prusias I - AE 27380 viewsPrusias I, 228-183 BC. AE27 (9.88g). Head Apollo left / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ / ΠΡΟΥΣΙΟΥ, Athena-Nike with shield crowning king's name. Beautiful patina, scratches in reverse field, good very fine.
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(BC 228-183) Prusias I - AE 27343 viewsPrusias I Cholos, 228-183 BC. AE27mm (14.56g, 12h). Laureate head of Apollo left / Athena Nike standing left; monogram to inner left. Good VF, dark green-black patina, light adjustment marks. Heavy specimen.
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(BC 228-183) Prusias I - AE 27410 viewsPrusias I Cholos, 228-183 BC. AE27 (10.50g, 12h). Laureate head of Apollo left / Athena Nike standing left; monogram to inner left. Good VF, dark green patina, adjustment marks on reverse. Drewry Coll.
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(BC 228-183) Prusias I - AE 28323 viewsPrusias I, 228-183 BC. AE28 (7.55g). Laureate head Apollo left / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΠΡΟΥΣΙΟΥ, Nike in long Chiton standing left, holding shield in left hand, crowing king's name with wreath in right; IA monogram to left. Light brown-green patina, some corrosion, gVF/F. Gutknecht coll.
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(BC 228-183) Prusias I - Tetradrachm609 viewsPrusias I, 228-183 BC. AR Tetradrachm (16.99g, 12h). Diademed head right / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ / ΠΡΟΥΣΙΟΥ, Zeus standing left, holding wreath in right hand, lotus tipped sceptre in left; thunderbolt above two monograms to inner left. Good VF, light scratches.
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(BC 228-183) Prusias I - Tetradrachm1173 viewsPrusias I, 228-183 BC. AR Tetradrachm (16.30g, 32mm). Diademed head right / Zeus standing left, holding wreath and lotus tipped scepter; thunderbolt and two monograms to left; ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ / ΠΡΟΥΣΙΟΥ. Rare. Good VF.
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(BC 280-250) Nikomedes I - Tetradrachm900 viewsNikomedes I, ca 280-250 BC. AR Tetradrachm (16.57g, 11h), Nikomedia mint, struck ca 260-250 BC. Diademed head right / Bendis seated right, holding two spears; shield below; to outer left, Nike advancing left. Good VF, toned, minor porosity. One of approximately six known, and apparently the only specimen in private hands. One of the greatest rarities among the important early Hellenistic portrait coins.

Nikomedes brought the dreaded Galatians or Gauls into Asia Minor. With their help, he extended his hitherto landlocked kingdom to the coast of the Propontis, where he established his new capital of Nikomedia. He was the first of his dynasty to issue coins. Nikomedes' tetradrachms exhibit an exceptional Hellenistic portrait. This is the only specimen not in a museum collection; Berlin, Vienna, and the BM each have one example, Paris (BN) has two. All have the same reverse type of Bendis (the Thracian Artemis) seated, though only Berlin and the present piece do not have the additional monogram in the inner left field.
   
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