Asia Minor Coins - Photo Gallery

Ancient Greek and Roman coins from Asia Minor


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Isaura (AD 100-200) AE 18541 viewsAutonomous Issues, ca late 2nd cent AD. AE18 (3.10g). Head of Hercules right, wearing lion's skin headdress / Young male with long hair riding lion right and wielding sword. Good VF, brown patina. Scarce city.

Isaura was the chief city of the region of Isauria, which became part of the province of Cilicia in Severan times. Isaura gained the honorific of Metropolis at some point in this period, and all its Severan coinage has this title. This coin must pre-date the union of the provinces and the elevation of Isaura. The Hercules head is a precise rendition of the type used by Alexander the great, while the identity of the lion rider has remained a mystery since the coin was first published in 1896.
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Isaura (AD 193-211) AE 31 - Julia Domna296 viewsJulia Domna, wife of Septimius Severus, 193-211 AD. AE31 (15.54g). Draped bust right / Athena Promachos walking right, aegis draped over extended arm, hurling thunderbolt and holding spear. Scarce. VF.
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Isaura (AD 193-211) AE 31 - Septimius Severus334 viewsSeptimius Severus. 193-211 AD. AE31 (13.89g, 7h). Laureate head right / Emperor galloping right, crowned by two Victories, his right arm raised, under horse, two enemies, one to left, the other to right, reaching upward. Good VF, a little rough.
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Isaura (AD 193-217) AE 30 - Julia Domna117 viewsJulia Domna, Augusta, 193-217 AD. AE30 (15.34g, 6h). Draped bust right / Athena Promachos right, holding spear and brandishing thunderbolt. Near EF, grayish-green patina. Group CEM.
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Isaura (AD 193-217) AE 31 - Julia Domna280 viewsJulia Domna, wife of Septimius Severus, Augusta, 193-217 AD. AE31 (18.15g). Draped bust right / Athena Promachos striding right, holding aegis and spear, hurling thunderbolt. Good VF, green patina. Scarce city.
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Isaura (AD 198-209) AE 21 - Geta318 viewsGeta, as Caesar, 198-209 AD. AE21 (5.02g). Laureate and cuirassed bust right, aegis on cuirass / Hercules standing right, holding club and lion's skin. Good VF, green-brown patina. Scarce city.
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Isaura (AD 198-209) AE 21 - Geta249 viewsGeta, as Caesar, 198-209 AD. AE21 (3.88g). AV K Γ CЄ ΓЄTAC, laureate and cuirassed bust right, aegis on cuirass / MHTPOΠOΛЄΩC ICAVPΩN, Hercules standing right, holding club and lion's skin. Good VF.
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Isaura (AD 198-217) AE 23 - Caracalla282 viewsCaracalla, 198-217 AD. AE23 (7.60g, 7h). Laureate and cuirassed bust right, gorgoneion on breastplate / Column surmounted by bust of bearded male (Severus or Zeus?) right within tetrastyle temple. Good VF, dark brown patina with some reddish deposits. Wagner Coll.
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Isaura (AD 198-217) AE 25 - Caracalla133 viewsCaracalla, 198-217 AD. AE25 (6.75g, 6h). Laureate and cuirassed bust right / Emperor standing right, holding spear and clasping hands with Apollo standing left, holding laurel branch; between them, hind standing right. Good VF, green patina, minor roughness. Ex Krizan Coll.; ex CNG Elec. Auc. [??] (8/2000), lot 60234.
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Isaura (AD 198-217) AE 25- Caracalla244 viewsCaracalla, 198-217 AD. AE25 (9.18g). AV K M AV CE ANTΩNEINOC, laureate and cuirassed bust right / MHTPOΠΟΛΕΩC ICAVPΩN, nude Herakles standing facing right, holding club and lion's skin. Good VF, brown and green patina, adjustment marks.
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Isaura (AD 198-217) AE 26 - Caracalla402 viewsCaracalla, 198-217 AD. AE26 (9.39 g, 6h). Laureate and cuirassed bust right, seen from front, slight drapery on left shoulder, gorgoneion on breastplate / Caracalla standing right in military outfit, holding spear and clasping hands with Apollo standing left, holding laurel branch, hind standing between. EF, olive and brown patina. Poncin Coll.
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Isaura (AD 198-217) AE 26 - Caracalla271 viewsCaracalla, 198-217 AD. AE26 (9.89g). ΑΥ Κ Μ ΑΥ ΑΝΤΩΝΙΝΟC, laureate and cuirassed bust right, drapery on shoulder, aegis on cuirass / ΜΗ-ΤΡΟ−ΠΟΛ-ЄΩC / ΙCΑΥΡΩ / Ν, tetrastyle temple, bust of Zeus (?) on column within. Rare. Green patina, gVF.
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Isaura (AD 198-217) AE 27 - Caracalla864 viewsCaracalla, 198-217 AD. AE27 (18.15g). Laureate and cuirassed bust right, drapery on shoulder, aegis on cuirass / Tetrastyle temple with arched pediment, bust of Hercules on column within. Near EF, green-brown patina. Scarce city.

Levante describes the reverse bust as Septimius Severus, but the prominence of Hercules in the city's pantheon makes him the more likely object of a cult temple.
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Isaura (AD 198-217) AE 27 - Caracalla238 viewsCaracalla, 198-217 AD. AE27 (9.60g, 6h). Laureate and cuirassed bust right, with aegis on breastplate, slight drapery on far shoulder / Column surmounted by bearded bust left within tetrastyle temple with twisted columns and shield or patera in pediment. Near EF, green and brown patina that is slightly worn on the high points. Attractive.
   
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