Asia Minor Coins - Photo Gallery

Ancient Greek and Roman coins from Asia Minor


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Tarsos (AD 14-37) AE 211270 viewsTime of Tiberius(?),14-37 AD. AE21 (14.97g, 12h). OPTYΓOΘHPA, Tyche seated right on throne decorated with animal leg, holding poppy; at feet, half-length figure of the river-god Kydnos swimming right / Zeus Nikephoros seated left on throne with prominent ‘bells’ on legs; MAΞIMOY/ NIKO/ΛAOY in three lines to left; below throne, eagle standing facing, head left. Good VF, dark green patina. From Group CEM.
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Tarsos (AD 14-37) Tetradrachm - Tiberius 493 viewsTiberius, 14-37 AD. AR Tetradrachm (14.81g, 27mm, 12h). Struck circa AD 35. ΣEBAΣTOY TIBEPIOY KAIΣA-POΣ, laureate head right / ΣEBAΣTHΣ IOVΛIAΣ HPAΣ, Livia, as Hera, enthroned right, holding grain ears and poppy in extended right hand; TAP to right, MHTP in exergue. Good VF, light tone. Attractive style. The third known specimen and the only one in private hands. From the Sierra Coll.; Ex Triton V (1/2002), lot 1752.
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Tarsos (AD 81-96) Tetradrachm - Domitian1005 viewsDomitian, 81-96 AD. AR Tetradrachm (13.91g, 26mm, 12h). Laureate head right / Tyche seated right on rocks, holding palm; at feet, river-god Kydnos swimming right; TAP monogram to right. Good VF.
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Tarsos (AD 81-96) Tetradrachm - Domitian259 viewsDomitian, 81-96 AD. AR Tetradrachm (13.82g, 26mm, 12h). ΑΥΤΟ ΚΑΙ ΘΕ ΥΙ ΔΟΜΙΤΙΑΝΟΣ ΣE ΓΕΡ, laureate head right / ΜΕΤΡΟΠΟΛΕΩΣ, Tyche seated right on rocks, holding palm; at feet, river-god Kydnos swimming right; TAP monogram to right. VF. Tricarico coll.
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Tarsos (AD 98-111) Tetradrachm - Trajan437 viewsTrajan, 98-117 AD. AR Tetradrachm (14.70g, 26mm, 1h). 100 AD. AVTOKP KAIΣ NEP TPAIANOΣ ΣEB ΓEPM, laureate head right / ΔHMAPX ΞVΠATΓ, Tyche seated to right on rock, holding palm; river god Kydnos swimming to right at her feet, TAP (partially ligate) in field before. Rare. Good Extremely Fine.
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Tarsos (AD 98-117) Tetradrachm - Trajan600 viewsTrajan, 98-117 AD. AR Tetradrachm (24mm, 14.73g). Dated Cos. V (103-111 AD). Laureate head right / Tyche seated right on rocks, holding palm; river-god swimmin; below, monogram before. Toned VF, obverse scratch.
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Tarsos (AD 98-117) Tetradrachm - Trajan345 viewsTrajan, 98-117 AD. AR Tetradrachm (14.99g, 27mm, 6h). Struck 100 AD. Laureate head right / Tyche of Tarsus seated right on rock outcropping, holding palm frond; below, river-god Cydnus swimming right; (TA monogram) P to right. Good VF, attractively toned. From the Sierra Coll. Ex CNG 63 (5/2003), lot 1027.
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Tarsos (AD 98-117) Tetradrachm - Trajan342 viewsTrajan, 98-117 AD. AR Tetradrachm (14.93g, 26mm, 6h). Struck 100 AD. AYTO KAIΣ NEP TPAIA-NOΣ ΣEB ΓEPM, laureate head right / ΔHMAPX EΞ YΠAT • Γ, Tyche seated right on rocky outcropping, holding palm in right hand; at feet, half length figure of river-god Kydnos swimming right; (TA)P to right. EF, lightly toned. From Group CEM. Ex Leu 28 (5/1981), lot 426.
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Tarsos (AD 100-200) AE 19536 views2nd century AD. AE19 (4.40g, 6h). Turreted, veiled, and draped bust of Tyche right / Decastyle temple. Good VF, black patina with earthen highlights. Ex Alighieri Coll.
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Tarsos (AD 103-111) Tetradrachm - Trajan2090 viewsTrajan, 98-117 AD. AR Tetradrachm (14.35g). Dated COS 5 (103-111 AD). AUTOKR KAIS NER TRAIANOS SEBA GERM DAKIK, laureate head right / DHMARC EX UPAT E PP MHTROPOLEWS, Tyche seated right on rock, holding palm, river god Cydnus below; Tarsus monogram in field. Toned, good VF. Magnificent portrait of Trajan.
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Tarsos (AD 117-138) AE - Hadrian478 viewsHadrian, 117-138 AD. AE (once plated) Tetradrachm (6.85g, 1h). Countermarked under Caracalla, 215-217 AD. Laureate bust right, slight drapery on left shoulder / ΤΑΡCΕΩΝ ΜΗΤΡΟΠΟΛΕΩC, lion bringing down bull to left; c/m: laureate head of Caracalla right, A-M-K around bottom of bust; all within incuse oval. Very rare, very fine, about 20 % cut off. The countermark exposed the coin as being plated, the coin fooled people for about 100 years in between being struck and countermarked!
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Tarsos (AD 117-138) AE 26427 viewsTime of Hadrian, 117-138 AD. AE26.2 (11.00g, 12h). ΑΔΡΙΑΗC TAPCOV, Head of Heracles wearing oak-leaves right / Perseus, holduing harpe and Apollo Lykeios holding two wolves by forelegs, METPO-ΠOΛΕΙΩΣ. Star in left field. Scratch on obverse, very fine.
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Tarsos (AD 117-138) AE 26 - Hadrian159 viewsHadrian, 117-138 AD. AE26 (10.88g). AYTO KAΙ AΔPIANOY CEB ΟΛΥNΔΙΟC, bare head right, slight drapery on far shoulder / AΔΡΙΑΝΗC TARCOY MHTPOΠOΛΕΩC, veiled and turreted Tyche seated left, holding bunch of grapes(?) and grain ears; at her feet to left, river god Kydnos swimming left. VF.
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Tarsos (AD 117-138) AE 28285 viewsTime of Hadrian, 117-138 AD and later. AE28 (12.02g). AΔPIANHC TAPCOY; head of Heracles right, wearing oak wreath, club over shoulder / MHTPOΠOΛEΩC; Perseus standing left, holding Apollo Lykeios in outstretched right hand (who holds two wolves by forelegs), harpa in left; to left, lion attacking bull.
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Tarsos (AD 117-138) AE 28200 viewsTime of Hadrian, 117-138 AD, or later. AE28 (17.18g, 12h). Laureate bust of Hercules right, club over shoulder / Perseus standing left, holding statuette of Apollo Lykeios and harpe. VF, earthen green patina. Krizan Coll.; ex CNG 51 (9/1999), lot 952; Lindgren Coll., 1621.
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Tarsos (AD 117-138) AE 30 - Hadrian405 viewsHadrian, 117-138 AD. AE30 (16.76g, 1h). Laureate head right / Demos of Tarsus seated left, holding wreath. VF, green patina, small scrape in reverse field.
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Tarsos (AD 117-138) Tetradrachm - Hadrian270 viewsHadrian, 117-138 AD. AR Tetradrachm (13.03g, 27mm, 12h). Struck 117 AD. AYT KAI ΘE TPΛ ΠAP ΘE NEP • YI TPAI AΔPIANOΣ ΣE, laureate head right; all within bead-and-reel border / TAP(squared C) EΩN MHTPOΠOΛEΩΣ, Tyche of Tarsus seated right on throne decorated with aphlaston, holding palm frond; below, river-god Cydnus swimming right; all within pelleted border. VF, toned, some roughness. From the Sierra Coll.; ex Patrick Cooper Coll. CNG 63 (5/2003), lot 1028.
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Tarsos (AD 117-138) Tetradrachm - Hadrian 437 viewsHadrian, 117-138 AD. AR Tetradrachm (12.46g, 27mm, 12h). AVT KAI ΘЄ TPA ΠAP VI ΘЄ NЄP VI TPAI AΔPIANOC CЄ/ Π - Π, laureate and draped bust left / AΔPIA-NΩN TAP-CCЄΩN/ MHTPOΠOΛ/ЄΩC, decastyle temple of the Koinon of Cilicia; wreath within pediment, KOINOC KIΛIKIAC across architrave. EF, toned. Unique. From the Sierra Collection. Ex Triton VII (1/2004), lot 796; Marcel Burstein Coll. (Peus 366, 10/2000), lot 998; Giessener Münzhandlung 64 (10/1993), lot 441. The only architectural reverse type for Tarsus in silver.
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Tarsos (AD 117-138) Tetradrachm - Hadrian & Sabina458 viewsHadrian, with Sabina, 117-138 AD. AR Tetradrachm (13.65g, 27mm, 6h). AYT KAI ΘE (TP)A ΠAP YI ΘE N-EP YI (TP)A AΔPIANOC CE- (Π Π), laureate and cuirassed bust of Hadrian right, with aegis on breastplate, slight drapery on shoulder / AY CABEINA CEBACTH KAI AΔPI TAP MH(TP)OΠOΛEΩC, draped bust of Sabina right, wearing stephane; cornucopia behind. EF, minor scuffs and scratches on each bust under old tone. Exceptional portraits. From the Sierra Collection. Ex Gemini III (1/2007), lot 384.

The coinage of Tarsus, like that of the Antioch mint, gives exceptionally full titles for Hadrian, as can be witnessed on this and the previous lot. Here we find an interesting detail in the titles of Sabina as well. The AY can only stand for Augusta, which is quite redundant as the legend also names her the Greek equivalent Σεβαστή.
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Tarsos (AD 117-138) Tridrachm - Hadrian374 viewsHadrian, 117-138 AD. AR Tridrachm (9.09g, 25mm, 12h). Laureate head right / Tyche seated left on throne, holding palm and cornucopia; at feet to left, the river-god Cyndus swimming left; countermark: laureate and draped bust of Caracalla right. Near VF, toned.
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Tarsos (AD 117-138) Tridrachm - Hadrian333 viewsHadrian, 117-138 AD. AR Tridrachm (10.38g, 25mm, 12h). Struck ca 117/8 AD. Laureate bust right, slight drapery / Tyche of Tarsus seated left on throne decorated with sphinx, holding palm frond and cornucopia; below, river-god Cydnus swimming left; all within wreath. Good VF, light porosity. Extremely rare.
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Tarsos (AD 117-138) Tridrachm - Hadrian409 viewsHadrian, 117-138 AD. AR Tridrachm (9.04g, 26mm, 12h). Struck circa 117/8 AD. Laureate bust right, slight drapery; trace of cuirass visible / Lion, seen from behind, attacking bull kneeling left. VF, lightly toned, minor porosity, light flaw on obverse. From the Sierra Coll. Ex CNG E174 (10/2007), lot 143.
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Tarsos (AD 117-138) Tridrachm - Hadrian291 viewsHadrian, 117-138 AD. AR Tridrachm (9.64 g, 25mm, 1h). Laureate bust right, slight drapery on shoulder / Sandan, holding wreath, standing on back of horned lion right. Choice VF, toned. Rare. Ebert Coll.
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Tarsos (AD 117-138) Tridrachm - Hadrian24 viewsHadrian, 117-138 AD. AR Tridrachm (10.24g, 24mm). ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙ ΘΕ ΤΡΑ ΠΑΡ ΥΙ ΘΕ ΝΕΡ ΥΙ ΤΡΑΙ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟϹ ϹΕ, laureate and cuirassed bust right / ΤΑΡϹΕΩΝ ΜΗΤΡΟΠΟΛΕΩϹ, Sandan, raising hand and holding bipennis and wreath, standing right on horned lion right. Near extremely fine, a few marks on the obverse.
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Tarsos (AD 128-137) AE 29 - Sabina108 viewsSabina, Augusta, 128-137 AD. AE29 (20.85g). ΑΔΡΙΑΝΗС ΤΑΡСΟΥ СΑΒЄΙΝΑ СЄΒΑСΤΗ, diademed and draped bust right / ΒΟΥΛΗ ΤΑΡСЄΩΝ ΜΗΤΡΟΠΟΛЄΩС, Boule seated left on throne, holding cornucopia and dropping pebble into vase to left. VF.
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Tarsos (AD 130-131) AE 35 - Antinous279 viewsAntinous, favorite of Hadrian, died 130 AD. AE35 (19.64g, 12h). Circa 130-131 AD. ANTINOOC - HPOC, bare head right / AΔPIANHC TAPCOY MHTPOΠOΛEOC NEOK / NEO ΠYTIO, tripod-lebes with coiled snake; on left, laurel branch. Very rare. Dark green patina. GVF.
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Tarsos (AD 138-161) AE 30 - Antoninus Pius454 viewsAntoninus Pius, 138-161 AD. AE30 (15.27g). AVT KAI TI AI AΔPIA ANTΩNINOC CЄB/ Π - Π, laureate head right / ΔЄMOC AΔPIA TAPCЄΩN MHTPOΠOΛЄΩC, Demos with wreath seated left, star in left field. Rare. gVF.
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Tarsos (AD 138-161) AE 30 - Antoninus Pius381 viewsAntoninus Pius, 138-161 AD. AE30 (27.70g, 1h). Laureate head right / Demos seated left, holding wreath. VF, green patina, light roughness.
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Tarsos (AD 161-180) AE 32 - Marcus Aurelius163 viewsMarcus Aurelius, 161-180 AD. AE32 (18.03g, 12h). AVT KAIC MAP AVPHΛIO ANTΩNЄINOC CЄB, laureate head of Marcus right / AΔPAINHC TAPCOY MHTPOΠOΛЄΩC, Marcus, holding volumen in left hand, and Lucius standing facing one another, clasping right hands; star above, OMO/NOIA/ CЄBACTΩN between emperors and continuing into exergue. VF, dark green patina, light roughness in field before portrait. Levante Coll.
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Tarsos (AD 166-177) AE 17 - Commodus & Annius Verus367 viewsCommodus and Annius Verus, Caesars, 166-169/70 and 166-177 AD. AE17 (3.47g, 1h). Bare-headed and draped busts of Commodus and Annius Verus, vis-à-vis; between, caduceus and club in saltire / Decastyle temple; eagle in pediment. VF, dark brownish-green patina.
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Tarsos (AD 177-192) AE 32 - Commodus259 viewsCommodus, 177-192 AD. AE32 (14.90g, 1h). Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / Decastyle temple, ΚΟΜΟΔΕΙΟC in architrave. VF, dark green patina. Rare variety. Ex J.P. Righetti Coll. (Münzen & Medaillen 19, 16 May 2006), lot 218.
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Tarsos (AD 177-192) AE 32 - Commodus223 viewsCommodus, 177-192 AD. AE32 (18.55g, 12h). Draped bust of Commodus right, wearing dress of the demiourgos / Decastyle temple with eagle in pediment and KOMOΔEIOC across architrave. Near VF, dark green patina, minor roughness. Scarce. Ex Frederick Coll.

Commodus wears both the crown and the chiton of the demiourgos, the official who oversaw the operation of regional festivals and games.
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Tarsos (AD 178-182) AE 29 - Crispina166 viewsCrispina, Augusta, 178-182 AD. AE29 (12.22g, 12h). Draped bust right / Athena standing left, holding owl, spear, and shield set on ground. VF, green patina, some roughness. Krizan Coll.; ex Elsen FPL 220 (2002), no. 312; Burstein Coll. (Peus 366, 10/2000, lot 1002).
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Tarsos (AD 193-211) AE 34 - Septimius Severus449 viewsSeptimius Severus, 193-211 AD. AE34 (22.43g, 6h). Laureate and cuirassed bust right, slight drapery on left shoulder / Severus in quadriga left, holding Nike and sceptre; Γ B across upper field. Near VF, brown and black patina, minor roughness on obverse.
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Tarsos (AD 193-211) AE 39 - Septimius Severus306 viewsSeptimius Severus, 193-211 AD. AE39 (23.74g, 12h). Laureate and cuirassed bust right / Tyche of Tarsus seated left on rocky outcropping, holding grain ears, with half-length figure of the river god Cydnus swimming left at her feet, surrounded by Tyches of Cilicia, Isauria, and Lycaonia, each holding grain ears and presenting wreath. VF, brown patina, insignificant doubling on obverse, minor metal flaws on reverse. From Group CEM.

Rare medallic bronze, honoring Tarsus as the chief city (Metropolis) of the three districts of Cilicia: Cilicia proper, Isauria, and Lycaonia.
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Tarsos (AD 193-217) Didrachme - Julia Domna422 viewsJulia Domna, Augusta, 193-217 AD. BI Didrachm (?) (5.21g, 1h). Draped bust right, wearing stephane, set on crescent / ΠΑΛΛΑС ΑΘΗ ΝΗ ΤΑΡСЄωΝ, Pallas Athena standing right, holding reverted spear and Nike; at feet to right, altar. VF, porous. An apparently unique and unpublished reverse type for this city and this empress.
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Tarsos (AD 193-217) Drachm - Julia Domna127 viewsJulia Domna, 193-217 AD. AR Drachm (3.54g, 21mm, 7h). ΙΟYΛΙΑ ΔΟΜΝΑ CЄΒΑCΤ, draped bust right / ΤΑΡCΟY ΜΗΤΡΟ Α Μ Κ, Nike walking left, holding wreath and palm. Very Rare. Minor flan crack, lightly toned. gVF.
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Tarsos (AD 198-217) AE 28 - Caracalla152 viewsCaracalla, 198-217 AD. AE28 (12.70g, 6h). Mantled bust right, wearing demiourgic crown / River-god Cydnus reclining left, holding cornucopia and leaning on overturned amphora from which water flows; bull reclining at feet. Near VF, dark brown patina with green highlights. Spradling Coll.; ex Gorny & Mosch 118 (10/2002), lot 1803.

Caracalla wears both the crown and the mantle of the demiourgos - the official who oversaw the operation of regional festivals and games.
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Tarsos (AD 198-217) AE 31 - Caracalla185 viewsCaracalla, 198-217 AD. AE31 (10.68g, 6h). Struck 215-217 AD. Mantled bust left, wearing demiourgic crown / River-god Cydnus reclining left, holding trace of cornucopia; below left arm, bull’s head to left. Good VF, black-green patina with olive overtones. Krizan Coll.; ex CNG 51 (9/1999), lot 954.
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Tarsos (AD 198-217) AE 32 - Caracalla686 viewsCaracalla, 198-217 AD. AE32 (16.29g). AVT KAI M AVP CEVHPOC [ANTWN,EINOC] CEB PP, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / ANTWNIANH, CEOVHP [ADR, MHT] TAPCOV MKA GB, Triptolemus in biga drawn by winged serpents, sowing grain. Good VF, dark green patina. All the cited comparanda are from different dies, and of much coarser workmanship that the present piece.
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Tarsos (AD 198-217) AE 32 - Caracalla202 viewsCaracalla, 198-217 AD. AE32 (21.51g). AΥT KAI M AΥΡ CЄOΥHΡOC ANTΩNЄINOC CЄB / Π - Π, laureate and cuirassed bust right / ANTΩNIANHC CЄΥ MHTΡ / TAΡCOΥ / ΓB / AMK, lion advancing right head left. Olive green patina, EF.
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Tarsos (AD 198-217) AE 33 - Caracalla398 viewsCaracalla, 198-217 AD. AE33 (18.20g, 12h). Laureate head left / Hercules standing left, destroying Lernaean Hydra; D/EK between legs. Good VF, black-green patina with lighter green and brown overtones. Ex Cain Coll.
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Tarsos (AD 198-217) AE 33 - Caracalla143 viewsCaracalla, 198-217 AD. AE33 (19.07g, 6h). Struck AD 215-217. Laureate bust left, wearing aegis / Caracalla standing left, holding Victory and scepter. Good VF, blac-green patina with olive overtones. Krizan Coll.; ex CNG 64 (9/2003), lot 697; Levante Coll., 1046; von Aulock Coll., 6006.
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Tarsos (AD 198-217) AE 33 - Caracalla237 viewsCaracalla, 198-217 AD. AE33 (20.54g, 12h). Laureate and cuirassed bust right / Artemis kneeling to right over deer, raising its head with her left hand, right hand poised to plunge dagger into its throat. Very Fine.

Here we see a more familiar depiction of Artemis than that of the Ephesian manifestation (see lot 867). The reverse type depicts Artemis as the goddess of the hunt, about to slay a deer. Homer applies the epithet 'Ποτνια Θηρων' (Mistress of the Animals) to the goddess, and deer in particular were considered sacred to her. In addition to female fertility and virginity, Artemis was associated with certain male activities - in particular the transition from boyhood to manhood and warfare. Perhaps it is these latter associations Caracalla wished to conjure in Tarsos, the city from which he launched his Parthian campaign in AD 216.
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Tarsos (AD 198-217) AE 34 - Caracalla389 viewsCaracalla. 198-217 AD. AE34 (18.73g). Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right / Caracalla, as Triptolemos, in biga drawn by two serpents right, sowing seeds. Fine, brown patina.
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Tarsos (AD 198-217) AE 34 - Caracalla354 viewsCaracalla, 198-217 AD. AE34 (20.45g, 7h). Mantled bust right, wearing demiourgic crown / Tyche of Tarsus seated left, holding decastyle temple in each hand; A-M K and Γ B across fields. VF, red-brown and black-green patina with earthen overtones, minor scrapes in fields.
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Tarsos (AD 198-217) AE 34 - Caracalla329 viewsCaracalla, 198-217 AD. AE34 (20.08g, 6h). Bust right, wearing crown and garment of the demiurgus / Perseus standing right, holding statuette of Apollo Lyceus, encountering fisherman advancing right, head left, holding rod with a fish on one end, a basket on the other. Near EF, dark green patina, minor roughness. Rare. From Group CEM. Ex Adana Museum Coll.
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Tarsos (AD 198-217) AE 34 - Caracalla255 viewsCaracalla, 198-217 AD. AE34 - Tetrassarion (19.79g, 6h), strck ca 214-217 AD. AΥT KAI M AΥΡ CЄOΥHΡOC ANTΩNЄINOC CЄB Π Π Bust of Caracalla to right, wearing the diadem and robes of a Demiourgos / ANTΩNIANHC CЄVHPIAN AΔPIA / TAPCOV /A M K / Γ B On left and right, two nude athletes standing facing each other and flanking a four legged table on which is an elaborate prize crown and two vases; below the table, amphora. Lovely green patina with earthen highlights. Rough surfaces as found, otherwise, EF. From the M Coll, ex LHS 95, 25 Oct 2005, 831.

The reverse shows the victors of the "Antonian, Severan and Hadrianic Games" at Tarsos - these were also honorary titles for the city itself. The letters on the reverse field are also honorifics: "First, Biggest and Most Beautiful" "Ruler over the three districts of the province, and holder of two temples of the Imperial cult". Tarsos was especially fond of such titles.
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Tarsos (AD 198-217) AE 34 - Caracalla144 viewsCaracalla, 198-217 AD. AE34 (17.34g, 7h). Circa 214-217 AD. ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙ Μ ΑΥΡ CЄΟΥΗΡΟC ΑΝΤΩΝЄΙΝΟC CЄΒ Π Π, bust to right, wearing the diadem and robes of a Demiourgos / ΑΝΤΩΝΙΑΝΗC CЄYHP AΔP MHT TAPCOY AMK ΓB, Caracalla on horseback to left, right hand raised; before him stands Tyche, presenting him with the diadem of a Demiourgos. EF. Extremely rare.
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Tarsos (AD 198-217) AE 34 - Caracalla196 viewsCaracalla, 198-217 AD. AE34 (19.76g, 12h). Laureate and cuirassed bust right, drapery on far shoulder / Emperor as Triptolemus, sowing seeds from seed-bag held over left shoulder, standing right on garlanded cart being drawn by two winged and yoked serpents; AM/K above, Γ/B to left. VF, black patina. Strong portrait and highly interesting reverse type. R.H. Coll.; ex Levante Coll. CNG Elec. Auc. 132, (2/2006), lot 125; CNG Auc. 66 (5/2004), lot 1186; Deaccessioned from the Départment des Monnaies, Médailles et Antiques, Bibliothèque Nationale de France; Waddington Coll. (c. 1896).
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Tarsos (AD 198-217) AE 35 - Caracalla303 viewsCaracalla, 198-217 AD. AE34.9 (22.21g). Laureate head left / Emperor sacrificing over burning altar. Very fine. Die-combination appearently unpublished.
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Tarsos (AD 198-217) AE 35 - Caracalla305 viewsCaracalla, 198-217 AD. AE35 (20.12g, 12 h). Laureate head left / Athlete standing facing, head left, crowning himself with prize crown. VF, brown patina, rough.
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Tarsos (AD 198-217) AE 35 - Caracalla469 viewsCaracalla, 211-217 AD. AE35 (22.48g). AVT KAI M AVP CЄVHPOC ANTΩNЄINOC / Π - Π, laureate, cuirassed and draped right / ANTΩNIANHC CЄVH AΔP MHTP / TAPCOV, above ΔЄK, wolf and twins. Dark green patina, gVF.
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Tarsos (AD 198-217) AE 36 - Caracalla350 viewsCaracalla, 198-217 AD. AE36 (23.05g, 7h). Mantled bust left, wearing demiourgic crown / Athlete standing facing, head left, holding palm; agonistic crown above; Γ -B and A M/K in fields. VF, dusty blue-green patina, minor scrape in reverse field.
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Tarsos (AD 198-217) AE 36 - Caracalla184 viewsCaracalla, 198-217 AD. AE36 (24.56g, 6h). Laureate head right / Koinoboulion enthroned left, voting by dropping pebble in urn. VF, glossy tan and brown patina, slightly rough. Ex Frederick Coll.; ex Drewry Coll. (CNG Elec. Auc. 110, lot 127); Lindgren Coll.
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Tarsos (AD 198-217) AE 36 - Caracalla219 viewsCaracalla, 198–217 AD. AE36 (22.03g). AVT • KAI • M • AVP • CЄVHPOC • ANTWNЄINOC / Π - Π. Bust right, wearing crown and garment of the demiurgus / ANTWNЄINIANH-C CЄVH [AΔ] (in field in between figures) A M K Γ B (im Abschnitt) TAPCOV, Perseus with harpe left and Heracles with club right standing facing each other both holding the wreathed bust of Caracalla. Rare. EF.
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Tarsos (AD 198-217) AE 37 - Caracalla391 viewsCaracalla, 198-217 AD. AE37 (17.70g, 12h). Laureate head right / Roma seated left, holding Nike and spear; shield resting on ground behind. VF, attractive green patina with some light earthen deposits.
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Tarsos (AD 198-217) Didrachm - Caracalla 650 viewsCaracalla, 211-217 AD. AR Didrachm (7.03g), struck 215 AD. AV K M AVP CE-OVHP ANTΩNINOC CE, head laureate right / TVXH TAPCOV MHT, city goddess, veiled and wearing crown of towers,seated left on rocks, leaning back on left hand and holding flower (?) downwards in right hand; at her feet, river god Kydnos swimming left, AM-K in field. Rare.

Late in Caracalla's reign, probably on the occasion of the emperor's actual visit to the city in 215 AD, Tarsus exceptionally produced a small issue of silver coins like this one, and also assumed the titles "First, largest, most beautiful", indicated by the letters AMK on the reverse of our didrachm.
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Tarsos (AD 198-217) Didrachm - Caracalla236 viewsCaracalla, 198-217 AD. AR Didrachm (5.34g, 24mm, 2h). Laureate head right / Athena seated right, casting pebble into urn set on low cippus. VF, toned, porous surfaces. Prieur citing only three specimens.
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Tarsos (AD 198-217) Didrachm - Caracalla167 viewsCaracalla, 198-217 AD. AR Didrachm (7.34g, 25mm, 2h). Struck circa 215-217 AD. Laureate head right / Athena seated right, casting pebble into urn set on low cippus. Very rare. gVF.
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Tarsos (AD 209-211) AE 37 - Geta182 viewsGeta, 209-211 AD. AE37 (25.52g). Π CЄΠΤΙΜΙΟ C ΓЄΤΑC ΚΑΙCΑΡ, draped and cuirassed bust right / ΑΔΡ CЄΥΗΡΙΑΗC ΤΑΡCΟΥ ΜΗΤΡΟΠΟΛ, Dionysos to left with Thyrsos holding kantharos, at his feet, panther, in exergue ΓΒ. Rare. Dark green patina, VF.
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Tarsos (AD 211-217) Didrachm - Caracalla272 viewsCaracalla, 211-217 AD. AR Didrachme (5.27g). ΑΥΤ Κ Μ ΑΥΠΤ CЄΟΥΗΡΟC ΑΝΤΩΝΙΝΩC, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right / ΔΗΜΙΟΥΡΓΙΑ ΤΑΡCЄΩΝ, Demiourgia crowning emperor. Very rare. Very fine. Ex Lanz 141 (2008), 550.
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Tarsos (AD 212-215) AE 35 - Caracalla257 viewsCaracalla, 198-217 AD. AE35 (15.44g). struck ca 212-215 AD. Laureate head of Caracalla right / Koinonoboulion, between two temples surmounted by eagles. VF.
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Tarsos (AD 217-218) AE 29 - Macrinus186 viewsMacrinus, 217-218 AD. AE29 (19.03g, 7h). Dated CY 264 (217/8 AD). Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / Macrinus on horseback right, about to spear lion below; ΔΞ/C (date) above and below horse’s left foreleg. Good VF, green patina. Very rare and of good style.
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Tarsos (AD 217-218) AE 31 - Macrinus208 viewsMacrinus, 217-218 AD. AE31 (19.22g, 6h). Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; small statue of Apollo Lykeios before / Tyche standing right, presenting wreath to Macrinus standing left, holding spear; altar between. VF, grayish-brown patina under earthen deposits.
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Tarsos (AD 217-218) AE 33 - Macrinus149 viewsMacrinus, 217-218 AD. AE33 (17.90g, 12h). [AYT K M OΠЄΛ] CЄV MAKPЄINOC C - ЄB, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, in right field, small statue of Apollo Lyceius / CЄYH [MAK] - PЄI - NINANHC / TAPCOY (in ex.), Tyche standing right, presenting crown to Macrinus standing left, holding short sword; in fields, A M K. Reddish-brown patina. Good very fine.
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Tarsos (AD 217-218) BI 24 - Macrinus374 viewsMacrinus, 217-218 AD. BI (24mm, 6.48g, 6h). Laureate head right / Athena seated left, her left elbow on shield set on ground, dropping pebble into vase. Fair, rough, flan cracks.
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Tarsos (AD 217-218) Drachm - Diadumenian341 viewsDiadumenian, as Caesar, 217-218 AD. AR Drachm (5.10g). M OΠ ANTΩNINOC KAIC, draped and cuirassed bust right / TAPC - EΩNMHTPOΠ, winged Victory to left holding crown. Surfaces a little rough, otherwise very fine.
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Tarsos (AD 217-218) Drachm – Diadumenian404 viewsDiadumenian, 317-318 AD. Billon Drachm (5.18g). MO Π ANTΩNINOC KAICAP, draped bust, bare head right / TAPC-EΩNMHTPOΠO, athlete standing to right, holding palm-branch in his left hand. Typical rough surface, very fine.
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Tarsos (AD 218-222) AE 19 - Elagabalus318 viewsElagabalus, 218-222 AD. AE19 (6.65g, 1h). Laureate head right / Legend in two lines; AMK below. VF, green-brown surfaces. Ex Wagner Coll.
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Tarsos (AD 218-222) AE 23 - Elagabalus157 viewsElagabalus, 218-222 AD. AE23 (6.32g, 6h). AVT KA M AVP ANTΩNЄINOC, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right / TAPCOY MHTPOΠOΛЄ, Ciliarch crown ornamented with seven imperial and divine busts, the letters ЄΛ and a monogram of the word KOINON; at the center of the wreath. M Coll. Very attractive green and sand patina. Nearly EF.
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Tarsos (AD 218-222) AE 24 - Elagabalus277 viewsElagabalus, 218-222 AD. AE24 (5.20g, 12h). Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / Apollo Lykeios standing facing on omphalos, holding in each hand a wolf by the forelegs; stars flanking. VF, earthen green patina. Ex Alighieri Coll.
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Tarsos (AD 218-222) AE 27 - Elagabalus183 viewsElagabalus, 218-222 AD. AE27 (10.94g, 12h). Laureate head right / ΔH/MI in two lines within demiourgic crown. VF, dark brown patina. Krizan Coll.
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Tarsos (AD 218-222) AE 30 - Elagabalus167 viewsElagabalus, 218-222 AD. AE30 (14.61g, 6h). Laureate and cuirassed bust right, slight drapery on shoulder / To left, demiourgic crown above garlanded altar; to right, ciliarch crown decorated with imperial portraits and the letters Γ and B. Good VF, green patina. Krizan Coll.
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Tarsos (AD 218-222) AE 30 - Elagabalus157 viewsElagabalus, 218-222 AD. AE30 (13.93g, 6h). Radiate and cuirassed bust right, slight drapery on shoulder / To left, demiourgic crown above garlanded altar; to right, ciliarch crown decorated with imperial portraits and the letters Γ and B. VF, brown patina. Rare. Krizan Coll.; ex CNG E33 (7/2001), lot 63465.
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Tarsos (AD 218-222) AE 31 - Elagabalus213 viewsElagabalus, 218-222 AD. AE31 (12.58g). Laureate, raped and cuirassed bust right. / Elagabalus standing right clasping hands with Plautilla who is standing left. Very fine.
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Tarsos (AD 218-222) AE 31 - Julia Paula203 viewsJulia Paula, wife of Elagabalus, 218-222 AD. AE31 (14.46g). IOVΛIAN KOPNHΛIAN ΠAVΛAN CEB; draped bust right / TAPCOV THC MHTPOΠOΛEΩ ΓB AMK; Elagabalus and Paula standing confronted, clasping hands.
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Tarsos (AD 222-235) AE 33 - Severus Alexander297 viewsSeverus Alexander, 222-235 AD. AE33 (20.50g). Α Κ Μ Α CЄΟΥ ΑΛЄΞΑΝΔΡΟC CЄΒ Π-Π, bust right, wearing crown and garment of the demiurgus / ΔΩΡЄΑ ΑΛЄΞΑΝΔΡΟΝ ΤΑ ΜΗ ΑΜΚ, galley to left, below, two dolphins around crown of demiugus. Obverse countermark, green patina, VF.
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Tarsos (AD 222-235) AE 37 - Severus Alexander242 viewsSeverus Alexander, 222-235 AD. AE37 (20.54g). Draped and laureate bust right / Helmeted Athena standing left, holding shield and patera, altar above. Apparently unpublished. Good fine.
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Tarsos (AD 222-235) AE 44 - Severus Alexander216 viewsSeverus Alexander, 222-235 AD. AE44 (48.50g, 12h). Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / Sacrificial scene: Four figures around garlanded altar – Priestess standing left, to attendants standing right behind altar, and Perseus, holding harpe, standing left; column surmounted by statue of Apollo Lyceius in background; before altar, bull kneeling left. Fine, brown patina, a few typical minor edge splits. An extraordinary medallic bronze, undoubtedly the largest and heaviest coin struck at Tarsos. Krizan Coll.; ex CNG 64 (9/2003), lot 705; Levante Coll., 1087; von Aulock Coll., 6027.
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Tarsos (AD 235-238) AE 37 - Maximinus I292 viewsMaximinus I, 235-238 AD. AE37 (21.89g). VT.K.Γ.IOV.OVH.MAΞIMEINOC C, draped, cuirassed and laureate bust right; in field Π-Π / TAPCOY T - HC MHTPOΠOΛEΩC, Nike, on globe, advancing left, holding palmbranch and cilicarch crown with four imperial heads; in left field AM/K, in right field Γ/B. Rare, nice VF. Hoeft coll.

The Cilicarch was the High Priest in Cilicia, the chief priest of the provincial temple or the temples of the imperial cults.
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Tarsos (AD 235-238) AE 30 - Maximinus I374 viewsMaximinus I, 235-238 AD. AE30 (21.49g). AVT.K.Γ.IOV.[OVH.MAΞIMEI]NOC, draped, cuirassed, radiate bust right, in field Π-Π / TAPCOV THC MHTPOΠOLE[ΩC], in left field A/M/K, in upper right field Γ, in lower right field B, Apollo, stg. facing on omphalos, head left, holding bow and arrow in left hand and in lowered right hand dog on fore-legs. Extremely rare, good F, brown-green patina. Hoeft coll.

Most often this Apollo is named Apollo Lykeios. But this is not correct! Apollo is not holding wolfs but dogs as symbol of the seers Amphilochos and Mopsus. This coin is part of the struggle of the cities for more influence and prominence.
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Tarsos (AD 235-238) AE 32 - Maximus221 viewsMaximus, 235-238 AD. AE32 (17.13g). Draped, cuirassed and laureate bust right / Dionysos (without scepter) holding katharos over panther. Almost very fine.
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Tarsos (AD 235-238) AE 35 - Maximinus I160 viewsMaximinus I, 235-238 AD. AE35 (27.05g, 7h). Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right / Nude Aphrodite standing facing within Tetrastyle Temple, pouring essence (?) into Kantharos. Apparently unpublished. VF.
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Tarsos (AD 235-238) AE 35 - Maximus133 viewsMaximus, Caesar, 235/6-238 AD. AE35 (17.67g, 1h). Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / Apollo, with arm behind head and holding bow, standing left, leaning on low column. VF, black-green patina with earthen overtones. Krizan Coll.
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Tarsos (AD 235-238) AE 36 - Maximinus I240 viewsMaximinus I, 235-238 AD. AE36 (19.59g). Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right / nude Perseus, wearing winged sandals, standing facing, head left; Medusa in right hand, lyre and chlamys in left. Good VF.
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Tarsos (AD 235-238) AE 36 - Maximinus I229 viewsMaximinus I, 235-238 AD. AE36 (26.91g). Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right / Hercules standing facing, head right, holding chlamys and leaning on club; A/M/K in left field, Γ/B in right. Good VF.
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Tarsos (AD 235-238) AE 36 - Maximinus I433 viewsMaximinus I Thrax, 235-238 AD. AE36 (28.51g). ΑΥΤ Κ Γ ΙΟΥ ΟΥΗ ΜΑΞΙΜЄΙΝΟC, radiate and draped bust right in between, Π − Π / ΤΑΡCΟΥ / ΜΗΤΡΟΠ/Ο / ΑΜΚ / ΓΒ, Paris seated left on rock, wearing Phrygian cap and holding apple in right hand and lagobolon in left, facing Aphrodite, nude, standing left, drawing drapery from shoulder, Hera enthroned left, and Athena standing left, resting shield on ground before her and holding spear in left hand. Dark green patina, very fine.

The Judgment of Paris
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Tarsos (AD 235-238) AE 36 - Maximinus I215 viewsMaximinus I, 235-238 AD. AE36 (28.62g, 12h). Radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / Hygieia, holding serpent and feeding bowl, standing left, and Aesculepius, leaning on serpent-entwined staff, standing right; between them, Telephorus standing facing. VF, dusty green patina.
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Tarsos (AD 235-238) AE 36 - Maximinus I257 viewsMaximinus I, 235-238 AD. AE36 (25.28g). ΑΥΤ Κ Γ ΙΟΥ ΟΥΗ ΜΑΞΙΜЄΙΝΟC CЄΒ Π-Π, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right / ΤΑΡCΟΥΤΗC ΜΗΤΡΟΠΟΛЄ, Perseus, standing left with harpa and head of Gorgon and Apollo standing right with tripod and laureal branch, in between, ΑΜΚ ΓΒ. Green patina, VF.
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Tarsos (AD 235-238) AE 36 - Maximinus I361 viewsMaximinus I, 235-238 AD. AE36 (24.97g, 7h). AVT • K • Γ • IOV • OVH MAΞIMЄINOC Π-Π, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / TAPC-OV MH-TPOΠO, A/M/K downward to right, ΓB in exergue, the Three Graces (Charites), the central figure seen from behind, embracing each other, those on ends holding flowers. VF, dark green patina.
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Tarsos (AD 235-238) AE 36 - Maximinus I191 viewsMaximinus I, 235-238 AD. AE36 (28.80g, 6h). Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / Laureate and cuirassed bust of Maximinus, slight drapery on left shoulder, and laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Maximus, vis-à-vis. VF, dark green patina with lighter green and earthen overtones, slight roughness on obverse. Krizan Coll.; ex CNG 53 (3/2000), lot 1151; Levante Coll., 1105.
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Tarsos (AD 235-238) AE 36 - Maximinus I191 viewsMaximinus I, 235-238 AD. AE36 (18.58g, 12h). Radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / Veiled and draped bust of Tyche right, wearing mural crown. VF, brown patina. Very rare. Krizan Coll.
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Tarsos (AD 235-238) AE 36 - Maximinus I171 viewsMaximinus I, 235-238 AD. AE36 (22.77g, 6h). Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / Dionysus and Ariadne in a cart drawn by two centaurs right, one of whom holds a lyre. Near VF, green and light brown patina. Rare mythological scene. Krizan Coll.; ex CNG 64 (9/2003), lot 709; Levante Coll., 1104.
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Tarsos (AD 235-238) AE 36 - Maximinus Thrax287 viewsMaximinus Thrax, AD 235-238 AD. AE36. Head right / Apollo standing, head left, holding bow and arrow in left hand and branch in right. Unpublished reverse?
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Tarsos (AD 235-238) AE 37 - Maximinus I274 viewsMaximinus I, 235-238 AD. AE37 (24.88g, 6h). Radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / Hercules standing left, holding Apples of the Hesperides(?) and club over shoulder; A/M/K and G/B in fields. VF, brown surfaces with traces of dark blue-green overtones, small pit in reverse, minor overall roughness.
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Tarsos (AD 235-238) AE 37 - Maximinus I281 viewsMaximinus I, 235-238 AD. AE37 (19.31g). VT.K.Γ.IOV.OVH.MAΞIMEINOC, draped, cuirassed, radiate bust right, in field Π-Π / TAPCOV THC MHTPOΠOLEΩ[C], Apollo Lykeios, nude, laureate, standing frontal, holding a dead wolf in each hand; AMK in left field, Γ.B in right field. Rare, about VF. Hoeft coll.

AMK stands for 'the First, the Biggest, the most Beautiful', granted to the city in 215 AD upon Caracalla's campaign against the Parthians. Γ.B = 3.2, capital of three provinces, keeper of two neocorates (Curtis Clay).
The two animals are not wolfs but dogs, symbolizing Mopsus and Amphilochus, called 'the dogs of Apollo' by Lychopron, a 3rd century poet. (Pat Lawrence)
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Tarsos (AD 235-238) AE 38 - Maximinus I247 viewsMaximinus I, 235-238 AD. AE38 (24.96g). Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right / Nike standing on globe left, holding wreath and palm. Near VF, tan surfaces.
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Tarsos (AD 235-238) AE 38 - Maximinus I303 viewsMaximinus I, 235-238 AD. AE38 (23.49g). Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right / TAPCOV THC MHTP, Tyche seated on rocks, holding ear of corn, within tetrastyle temple with arched roof; at her feet, river-god Kydnos swimming left; A/M/K in left field; Γ/B in right. VF.
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Tarsos (AD 236-238) AE 34 - Maximus255 viewsMaximus, Caesar, 236-238 AD. AE34 (13.69g). Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right / Athena advancing left, holding Nike, spear and shield. Fine, green patina with earthen highlights.
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