Asia Minor Coins - Photo Gallery

Ancient Greek and Roman coins from Asia Minor

Amastris (AD 81-96) AE 34 - Domitian757 viewsDomitian, 81-96 AD. AE34 (25.07g, 6h). Laureate head right / Zeus Strategos standing facing, head left, leaning on scepter; at feet to right, eagle standing right, head left, with wings displayed. VF, tan surfaces. Extremely rare. Tricarico coll.; ex Wagner coll.
Amastris (AD 100-200) AE 20257 viewsImperial Times, 2nd cent AD. AE20 (5.73 g). ΟΜΗΡΟC, draped bust of Homer right / ΑΜΑCΤΡΙΑΝΩΝ, Nike standing left with palm and wreath. Rare. Green patina. VF.
Amastris (AD 138-161) AE 27 - Antoninus Pius163 viewsAntoninus Pius, with Marcus Aurelius as Caesar, 138-161 AD. AE27 (12.19g, 6h). Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Pius right / M AVPHΛION KAICAPA AMACTPIANOI, Marcus, wearing military attire and holding two spears, on horse rearing right. Good VF, brown and green patina. Very rare.
Amastris (AD 138-161) AE 28 - Antoninus Pius617 viewsAntoninus Pius, 138-161 AD. AE28 (13.41g). Laureate head right / The Dioscouri standing facing each other, each holding spear and and bridle. VF, dark brown patina, smoothed. Rare.
Amastris (AD 138-192) AE 21198 viewsTime of Antoninus Pius to Commodus, 138-192 AD. AE22 - Triassarion(?) (6.65g). Draped bust of Homer right, wearing taenia / Turreted, draped and veiled bust of Tyche right. VF.
Amastris (AD 138-192) AE 21168 viewsTime of the Antonines, 138-192 AD. AE21 (6.63g, 6h). OMHPOC, draped bust of Homer right, wearing taenea / Turreted, veiled, and draped bust of Tyche right. Good VF, green patina. Very rare.
Amastris (AD 138-192) AE 22267 viewsTime of Antoninus Pius to Commodus, 138-192 AD. AE22 - Triassarion(?) (6.80g, 6h). Draped bust of Homer right, wearing taenia / Nike standing left, holding wreath and palm frond. EF, brown and green patina, some pitting on reverse. From Group CEM.
Amastris (AD 161-180) AE 26 - Marcus Aurelius147 viewsMarcus Aurelius, 161-180 AD. AE26 (14.49g, 7h). Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / Ram standing right; in background, cippus surmounted by bird (eagle?) right. Fine, porous dark brown surfaces with a partial green patina remaining. Very rare.
Amastris (AD 161-180) AE 27 - Marcus Aurelius18 viewsMarcus Aurelius, 161-180 AD. AE27 / Diassarion (15.23g, 6h). ΑΥΤ Κ Μ ΑΥΡΗΛΙΟC ΑΝΤΩΝЄΙΝΟC, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Marcus Aurelius to left / ΑΜΑCΤΡΙΑΝΩΝ / ΟΜΗΡΟC, the poet Homer seated to right on a low-backed chair, his head turned back to left; before him to right, Artemis holding torch, her head turned to left; to left, Ares (?), standing left, his head turned back to right. Golden-brown patina. gVF.

Acquired from a collector in southern France in 2012. This coin appeared as Nomos 12, 165, but was doubted by an expert during the viewing. Thus, it was withdrawn for further study. Since then it has been viewed with great care and has been found to be clearly genuine.
Amastris (AD 176) AE 23 - Faustina II576 viewsFaustina II, ca 176 AD. AE23 (7.47g). Diademed head Faustina right / Victory standing left, holding scepter. Very fine.
Amastris (AD 198-209) AE 25 - Geta465 viewsGeta, as Caesar, 198-209 AD. AE25 (8.45g). Laureate head right / AMA-C-TPIANΩN, ram standing left; eagle on tall column behind. VF, reddish-brown patina, light roughness. Ex Drewry Coll.
Amastris (AD 198-217) AE 31 - Caracalla152 viewsCaracalla, 198-217 AD. AE31 (13.50g, 7h). ANTΩNINO-C AVΓOVC[T]OC, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust left / AM[A]-CTPIC, Tyche seated right, holding scepter and statue(?). VF, dark green patina. Spradling Coll.
Amastris (AD 209-211) AE 21 - Geta580 viewsGeta, 209-211 AD. AE21 (7.19g, 1h). AYTKNCE RETAC AYR (Supreme-commander, Caesar, P. Septimius Geta, Emperor) / Pallas standing right, wearing a helmet, chiton, and peplos; in her right hand a spear; in her left, an owl, ΑΜΑCΤΡΙΑΝΩΝ. Scarce. See BMC 13, p. 150, 8 (for obv) and p. 87, 20 (for rev - Ant. Pius), unpublished?
Amastris (AD 209-211) AE 28 - Geta286 viewsGeta, 209-211 AD. AE28 (14.42g, 7h). AVT K Π CЄΠ ΓЄTAC AVΓ, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / AMACTP I ANΩN, eagle standing facing on globe, head and tail left, with wings folded. Good VF, dark brown surfaces. An apparently unknown type from this city for this emperor. From Group CEM.
Amastris (AD 235-260) AE 22556 viewsImperial Times, ca 3rd cent AD. AE22 - 3 Assaria (3.60g). Draped bust of Homer right, wearing taenia; c/m: head of Gordian III right / Hades-Serapis seated left holding scepter; Cerberus seated before. Near VF, brown patina with some green highlights.
Amastris (AD 238-244) AE 18189 viewsTime of Gordian III, 238-244 AD. AE18 (3.18g, 6h). • OMH • • POC •, laureate head right / • AMA(Z over C)T PIANΩN • (sic), clasped right hands; behind, grain ears and poppy. Good VF, dark green patina. Struck with fine style dies.
Amastris (AD 241-244) AE 22 - Tranquillina134 viewsTranquillina, Augusta, 241-244 AD. AE22 / Tetrassarion (5.34g, 7h). Draped bust left, wearing stephane / Hermes advancing right, holding caduceus in both hands; Δ (mark of value) between legs. Fine, dusty green patina. Very rare.
Amastris (BC 85-65) AE 201112 viewsca 85-65 BC. AE 20 (6.53g). Gorgoneion sourrounded by aegis / Nike walking right, holding palm. VF.
Amastris (BC 85-65) AE 21428 viewsTime of Mithradates VI Eupator, ca 85-65 BC. AE21 (7.51g). Aegis / Nike advancing right, holding palm, monograms flanking. gVF.
Amastris (BC 85-65) AE32539 viewsca 85-65 BC. AE32 (19.24g). Head of Athena right, wearing helmet decorated with a Pegasos / AMA-TPEΩΣ; Perseus standing facing, holding harpa and head of Medusa; winged body of Medusa at feet.
Amastris (BC 285-250) Didrachm 1754 viewsca 285 BC. AR Didrachm (9.55g). Head of Mithras right, wearing Persian mitra adorned with laurel wreath and star below / Aphrodite seated left, wearing polos, holding sceptre and Nike, who crowns her with wreath; myrtle bud to left, ΑΜΑΣΤΡΙΕΩΝ to right. Good VF, attractively toned. Rare.
Amastris (BC 285-250) Didrachm 722 viewsca 285-250 BC. AR Stater (24mm, 9.56g, 12h). Head of Mithras right, wearing Persian mitra adorned with laurel wreath and star above / Aphrodite seated left, holding Nike, who crowns her with wreath, in extended right hand, left arm resting on throne; rose to left, lotus-tipped scepter behind throne, monogram below. Near EF. Ex Nomos FPL (early 2011), 65; Gallice Coll. (E. Bourgey, 12/1932), 203; Burel Coll. (Feuardent Frères, 6/1913), 254.
Amastris (BC 285-250) Didrachm 596 viewsca 285-250 BC. AR Stater (23mm, 9.53g, 11h). Head of Mithras right, wearing Persian mitra adorned with laurel wreath and star below / Aphrodite seated left, holding Nike, who crowns her with wreath, in extended right hand, left arm cradling lotus-tipped scepter and resting on throne; rose bud to left, AMAΣTPIEΩN to right. Near EF, toned. Exceptional for issue. Ex CNG 78 (5/2008), lot 751; Sunrise Coll. (Triton X, 1/2007), lot 263; Schonwalter Coll. (Triton V, 1/2002), lot 1400; Coin Galleries (8/1978), lot 282; Coin Galleries (4/1961), lot 132; Ars Classica 14 (7/1929), lot 298.
Amastris (BC 300-288) Didrachm - Queen Amastris1171 viewsca 300-288 BC. AR Didrachm (9.76g), in the name of Queen Amastris. Head of Amastris right, wearing Persian headdress with wreath; bow in bowcase behind / ΒΑΣΙΛΙΣΣΗΣ ΑΜΑΣΤΡΙΟΣ, Aphrodite seated left, holding Eros, who crowns her; sceptre leaning against throne. VF, toned.

Amastris, a niece of Darios III of Persia, became a pawn in the complex dynastic quarrels that followed the death of Alexander. She had been given as wife to Alexander's general Krateros, but was dismissed when Krateros arranged a marriage for himself with the daughter of Antipater. Amastris then married Dionysos, tyrant of Herakleia, by whom she had three children before his death in 306 BC. In 302 BC she married Lysimachos of Thrace, who soon acquired a more profitable alliance by wedding Arsinoe, the daughter of Ptolemy I Soter of Egypt. Amastris then retired to the territory of Herakleia, where she founded a new city named after herself. She was not destined to find peace, however; in 288 BC her two covetous sons had her drowned and seized her city for themselves.
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