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Aigeai (AD 117-138) BI 23 - Hadrian306 viewsHadrian, 117-138 AD. BI23 (10.39g). Laureate bust right, slight drapery on far shoulder / Athena standing left, holding phiale and shield; goat before, spear behind. VF, brown patina.
Aigeai (AD 117-138) Tetradrachm - Hadrian1210 viewsHadrian, 117-138 AD. BI Tetradrachm (13.76g), dated 132/133 AD. Bust right / Eagle, goat below. VF. Very rare.
Aigeai (AD 117-138) Tridrachm - Hadrian390 viewsHadrian, 117-138 AD. BI Tridrachm (9.63g, 1h). Dated CY 164 (117/8 AD). Laureate bust right, slight drapery on left shoulder / Amaltheia standing left, head right, holding cornucopiae and cradling infant Zeus, holding wreath; at feet, goat recumbent right, head left; date in legend. Fine, lightly toned, light scratches on neck, obverse a little soft at edge.
Aigeai (AD 216-217) Tetradrachm684 viewsTime of Caracalla, 211-217 AD. Billon Tetradrachm (11.80g). About 216-217. AIΓEAIΩN ANTΩNIINO VΠOΛEΩC Bearded, draped bust of Asclepius r., thin band in the hair, snake-entwined staff at his l. shoulder / MAKEΔONIKHC ΠICTHC ΘEOΦIΛO, Octastyle temple of Asclepius on steps, statue of Asclepius within, wearing himation, holding snake-entwined staff; in the pediment, eagle flying l.; in the field, date Γ-Σ/C (= year 263 of the local era); below, goat r. between two pellets. For a similar tetradrachm honoring likewise Asclepius, see Prieur 86, 723 and H. Bloesch, Caracalla in Aigeai, Atti (Proceedings) Congresso Internazionale di Numismatica, Roma 1961 (1965), 307 seq. Unique, unpublished and very interesting type. Very fine.

The sanctuary of Asclepius in Aegeae was certainly not as famous as the ones in Epidaurus, Kos or Pergamum, but still well known. The rather unusual use of base silver for these rare autonomous issues (dated 262 and 263 of the local era = AD 215/216 ans 216-217) as well as their types refer to an illness of Caracalla and of his attempt of being healed by visiting sanctuaries of Asclepius such as Pergamum and probably Aegeae.
Pompeiopolis (AD 251-253) AE 27 - Volusian246 viewsVolusian, 251-253 AD. AE27 (9.24g). Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right / Athena standing left, holding spear and shield. VF, brown patina. Ex Schulten (3/1986), lot 601.
Tarsos (AD 193-217) Didrachme - Julia Domna434 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.
Tarsos (AD 198-217) Didrachm - Caracalla 667 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.
Tarsos (AD 217-218) BI 24 - Macrinus382 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.
Tarsos (AD 217-218) Drachm – Diadumenian416 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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