Asia Minor Coins - Photo Gallery

Ancient Greek and Roman coins from Asia Minor


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Cyprus Uncertain (AD 69-79) Tetradrachm - Vespasian716 viewsVespasian, 69-79 AD. AR Tetradrachm (13.39g), struck 76-77 AD. AVTOKPATΩP OVЄCΠACIANOC KAICAP, laureate head left / ЄTOVC NЄOV IЄPOV, temple of Aphrodite in Paphos, H in exergue. Light toning, VF.
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Cyprus Uncertain (AD 69-79) Tetradrachm - Vespasian117 viewsVespasian, 69-79 AD. AR Tetradrachm (25mm, 12.88g, 12h), struck 75-76 AD. AVTOKPATΩP OVЄCΠACIANOC KAICAP, laureate head left / ЄTOVC NЄOV IЄPOV H, Zeus Salaminios standing facing, holding patera in right hand, left hand resting on a short scepter; eagle on left arm, VF. Tricarico coll.
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Cyprus Uncertain (AD 138-161) AE 32 - Antoninus Pius and Marcus Aurelius472 viewsAntoninus Pius, with Marcus Aurelius as Caesar, 138-161 AD. AE32 (25.98g, 6h), struck ca 141-161 AD. Laureate and draped bust of Pius right / Bare-headed, draped, and cuirassed bust of Aurelius right. Good VF, black-green and red-brown patina with gray-green overtones. Rare and of fine style.
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Cyprus Uncertain (AD 138-161) AE 33 - Antoninus Pius and Marcus Aurelius61 viewsAntoninus Pius, with Marcus Aurelius as Caesar, 138-161 AD. AE33 (25.77g, 5h). Struck circa 147-161 AD. AV K T AI AΔP AN-TΩNINOC CЄ Є, laureate head of Antoninus Pius right / M AVPHΛIOC KAICAP VIOC CЄ, bareheaded, draped, and cuirassed bust of Marcus Aurelius right. Good VF, brown patina.
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Cyprus Uncertain (AD 138-161) AE 33 - Antoninus Pius and Marcus Aurelius52 viewsAntoninus Pius, with Marcus Aurelius as Caesar, 138-161 AD. AE33 (25.93g, 6h). Struck circa AD 147-161. Laureate head right / Bareheaded, draped, and cuirassed bust right. VF, brown surfaces, minor roughness. Ex Berk BBS 158 (3/2008), no. 467.
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Cyprus Uncertain (AD 198-217) Tetradrachm - Caracalla838 viewsCaracalla, 198-217 AD. AR Tetradrachm (16.11g, 12h). Laureate head right / DHMRC EX VPATOC TO D, eagle standing facing on grain ear, head left, wreath in beak. Good VF.
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Cyprus Uncertain (AD 209-211) AE 27 – Caracalla & Geta215 viewsCaracalla & Geta. 209-211 AD. AE27 (27mm, 11.35g, 6h). M • ANTΩNЄINO C AVΓOVCTOC, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Caracalla right / AVTO • KAIC • Π • C-ЄΠTIMIOC ΓЄTAC, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Geta right. Good VF, black patina, minor metal flaw above ear of Caracalla. Rare and quite nice for issue.

The attribution to Cyprus is based on the evidence of provenance. The three examples in the collection of the British Museum were purchased from a dealer who claimed they came from Cyprus. A hoard found on Cyprus (on loan to the British Museum) contained three more examples.
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Cyprus Uncertain (BC 27-AD 14) AE 18 - Augustus558 viewsKoinon of Cyprus, under Roman rule, struck under Augustus, 27 BC-14 AD. AE18 (2.48g). Capricorn right, star above / Scorpion, star to right. Dark green, lightly glazed patina, VF. Gutknecht coll.; ex M. Laffaille coll. and Muenzen und Medaillen AG, Basel, Auc. 76 (1991), lot 546.
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Cyprus Uncertain (BC 450) Obol322 viewsca 450 BC. AR Obol (0.81g, 7mm). Owl’s head facing / Uncertain object, ankh in field. Slightly grainy, on a thick flan. Extremely rare, probably unpublished. Very fine.
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Cyprus Uncertain (BC 450) Obol321 viewsca 450 BC. AR Obol (0.76g, 7mm). Owl’s head facing / Owl standing right, ankh symbol in field. Grainy surfaces, reverse die broken at the edge leaving a protrusion on the edge of the reverse. Very rare, possibly unpublished. Good Very Fine.
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Cyprus Uncertain (BC 450) Obol308 views5th century BC. AR Obol (0.62g). Head of owl facing / Head of Bes facing, within incuse square. Very fine. Very rare.
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Cyprus Uncertain (BC 450) Stater704 viewsca 450 BC. AR Stater (10.52g). Cow right suckling calf, eagle flying right, "ankh" in right field topped with owl's head / Bull standing right, plow above, owl's head below. Good VF. Extremely rare; one of only three known coins. Ex Geissener Muenzhandlung 44 (4/1989), lot 463.

The examples of this coin are known: this piece, the Paris specimen, and one in a private collection (from Leu 50, lot 216). There is another coin in Paris from the Seyrig Collection which is stuck from the same dies, but in an earlier state, before the dies were recut to add the owl heads. Originally attributed to a Phoenician mint and later an uncertain Cilician mint, M. Amandry has since convincingly argued that the style does not fit the Sidonian origin and directs one to another coin (see Sternberg XVII, 180) possibly from the same obverse die, but with heavier recutting, that has a more Cypriote-appearing reverse.
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Cyprus Uncertain (BC 450) Stater459 viewsca 460 BC. AR Stater (20mm, 10.65g, 11h). Lion springing right on ground line, Cypriot? letter below / Bull walking left, Cypriot? letter below, within dotted incuse square. Toned, aEF. Extremely rare issue formerly attributed to Golgoi.
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Cyprus Uncertain (BC 450) Stater343 viewsca 450 BC. Ko... or Go... AR Persic Stater (10.94g). Lion springing right on ground line, Λ below, within dotted circle / Bull walking left, Λ below, within dotted incuse square. aEF.
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Cyprus Uncertain (BC 470-420) Obol247 views5th century BC. AR Obol (0.88g). Male figure standing left, extending right arm to horse, which stands facing with head turned slightly right / Eagle flying right. Unpublished. VF, toned, struck from worn dies, minor porosity. Possibly unique.
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Cyprus Uncertain (BC 500) Obol180 viewsca 500 BC. AR Obol (?) (0.52g, 10mm, 12h). Head of roaring lion right / Ankh-like symbol within incuse square. Very rare.
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Cyprus Uncertain (BC 500-450) Stater320 viewsca 499-498 BC. AR Stater (10.53g). Head of roaring lion right / Octopus, Cypriot letters above, within incuse square. Test cut on obv., otherwise VF. Apparently unique and unpublished.
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Cyprus Uncertain (BC 515-485) Stater494 viewsca 515-485 BC. AR Stater (10.70g). Head of roaring lion right / Bull's head right, in field Cypriot syllabics Ba and Phi; within dotted circle. Very rare. Toned, VF.
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Koinon of Cyprus (AD 14-37) AE 23 - Tiberius328 viewsTiberius, with Julia Augusta (Livia), 14-37 AD. AE23 (8.51g, 12h), struck after 15/6 AD. Bare head of Tiberius right / Livia seated right, holding patera and scepter. Good Fine, brown and green patina, pitted surfaces on reverse and edge from from 2h to 4h. Ex. Wagner Coll.
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Koinon of Cyprus (AD 41-54) AE 35 - Claudius268 viewsClaudius, 41-54 AD. AE35 (26.37g, 12h). Laureate head left / KOIИOИ/ KYΠPI/ωИ in three lines within laurel wreath. VF, some heavy scratches on obverse, strike a bit uneven. Rare.
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Koinon of Cyprus (AD 69-79) AE 26 - Vespasian234 viewsVespasian, 69-79 AD. AE26 (10.54g), dated regnal year 8 (AD 75/6). OYЄCΠACIANOC CЄBACTOC, laureate head right /
KOINON KYΠPIΩN ETOYC H; temple of Aphrodite at Paphos, within which is conical xoanon between stars; candelabrum on each side of building; paved semicircular courtyard in foreground; date in legend.
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Koinon of Cyprus (AD 193-211) AE 31 - Septimius Severus140 viewsSeptimius Severus, 193-211 AD. AE31 (16.67g, 6h). Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / Temple of Aphrodite at Paphos containing conical xoanon; semicircular courtyard around. Good VF, attractive dark green patina, deposits.
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Koinon of Cyprus (AD 193-217) AE 32 - Julia Domna127 viewsJulia Domna, Augusta, 193-217 AD. AE32 (18.44g). Paphos mint. ΙΟΥΛΑ ΔΟ - ΜΝΑ CЄB, draped bust right / KOINON - KYΠΡΙΩΝ, temple of Aphrodite at Paphos with paved semicircular court before; cone in central portion of temple and candelabra in side sections, each with dove on roof; star in crescent above central roof. Very rare. VF.
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Koinon of Cyprus (AD 198-217) AE 31 - Caracalla369 viewsCaracalla, 198-217 AD. AE31 (17.62g, 6h). Radiate, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind / KOINON KYΠPIΩN, temple of Aphrodite with three bays, each surmounted by dove; in central bay, conical stone surmounted by ornate top and flanked by stars; semi-circular forecourt. VF, green patina, minor roughness in places.
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Koinon of Cyprus (AD 198-217) AE 31 - Caracalla120 viewsCaracalla, 198-217 AD. AE31 (15.77g, 6h). Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind / Conical cult xoanon of Aphrodite of Paphos within central distyle tower; tristyle porticoes flanking, each with star above; the entire structure set on low basis; semicircular fencing below. Good VF, variegated green patina, light adjustment marks.
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Koinon of Cyprus (AD 198-217) AE 32 - Caracalla164 viewsCaracalla, 198-217 AD. AE32 (20.83g, 6h). Laureate head right / Conical cult xoanon of Aphrodite of Paphos within central distyle tower; distyle porticoes flanking, each containing candelabra and with dove above; the entire structure set on low basis; semicircular fencing below. VF, brown and green patina, light adjustment marks on reverse. Ex Seeger Coll.
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Koinon of Cyprus (AD 198-217) AE 32 - Caracalla164 viewsCaracalla, AD 198-217. AE32 (16.15g, 5h). Laureate heroic bust of Caracalla right / Temple of Paphian Aphrodite within which cone, crescent and star on top of temple, roofed wing on each side within which candelabrum stands, dove on roof of each wing, paved semicircular court before temple. aVF. Apparently Unique.

Palea Paphos was one of the most important pilgrimage centres in the Greek world due to its famous Sanctuary of Aphrodite; the goddess herself was born of the sea near Paphos, and floated in on a scallop shell. When she arose, she was hailed as 'Cyprian'. The Sanctuary of Aphrodite continued to flourish well into the Roman era. Several Roman emperors honoured the shrine, and it was visited by Titus in 69 AD when the future emperor was on his way to Egypt. He consulted the oracle of Aphrodite, and was told that he had a great future. The sanctuary was rebuilt by the Romans after the earthquake of 76/77 AD, in a design that preserved the layout of the original. The cult of Aphrodite survived at Palea Paphos until the 4th century AD, when Emperor Theodosius outlawed paganism. Today, virtually nothing remains of the Sanctuary save the holy ground itself.
 
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