the Arab, February 244 - End of September 249 A.D., Soli-Pompeiopolis,
Aratos was a native of . His chief pursuits were medicine, grammar, and philosophy. He studied with Menecrates in , Philitas in Cos and Praxiphanes in Athens. About 276 he was invited to the court of the II Gonatas, whose over the Gauls in 277 BC Aratus set to verse. There he wrote his most famous poem, Phaenomena ("Appearances"). He then spent some time at the court of Antiochus I but returned to where he died sometime before 240 B.C.SH58900. Bronze hexassarion,
BIG 32mm bronze; extremely ; $400.00 (€356.00) 1605 (same dies); , p. 247, 20; -; -; -; -; -; -, gF, 12.323 g, maximum 32.4 mm, 180o, Soli-Pompeiopolis mint, 245 - 246 A.D.; AYT K IOY ΦIΛIΠΠOC EY CEB, , draped and right, Π − Π across ; ΠOMΠHIOΠOΛ IAT (year 311) ς (6 assaria), bare-headed, draped of Aratos right; ex Ancient Numismatic Enterprise, with an old round coin ticket probably from 1960's or 1970's,
Hierapolis-Kastabala, , 2nd - 1st Century B.C.
Hierapolis-Kastabala was an ancient city in Pedias, three kilometers ancient Pyramus. Alexander the Great stopped at Kastabala before the Battle of Issus in 333 B.C. Antiochus IV refounded the city with the name . In the first century B.C., was the capital of a small local kingdom under the rule of the former Cilician pirate Tarcondimotus I, an ally of . referred to the city as Rome's most loyal ally beyond the and the best friend of the Roman people. The city was known for its temple of Perasia. Strabo wrote of her priestesses who, in a trance, would walk barefoot over hot coals without damage.GY73092. Bronze AE 15, cf. CNG e-auction 250, lot 112; otherwise apparently unpublished; -, SNG Levante-, SNGvA-, -, -, F, , highlighting "desert" , some corrosion, 2.776 g, maximum 15.4 mm, 90o, Hieropolis-Kastabola, mint, 2nd - 1st centuries B.C.; , draped of right, dotted ; standing left on torch, wings open, left, IEPOΠOΛITΩN above, ΠPOΣ TΩI ΠYPA[NA?] below; extremely ; $200.00 (€178.00)
Anazarbus, , Dynast Tarkondimotos, c. 69 - 39 B.C.
References loosely date this from the 2nd Century B.C. until Anazarbus was renamed Kaesarea in 19 B.C. Tarkondimotos, a pirate, was made dynast by Pompey in 69 B.C. and crowned by Marc Antony in 39 B.C. He died at in 31 B.C. After he was made , he issued a similar with his portrait on the and his name and title on the . This was likely struck before he was made .GB90422. Bronze , 6, 1363, 202, 548 (all referenced are from the same dies), VF, flaw on right edge, , 7.068 g, maximum 21.8 mm, 0o, Anazarbus (Anavarza, Turkey) mint, c. 69 - 39 B.C.; laureate of Zeus right; Zeus enthroned seated left, nude to waist, around hips and legs, right leg drawn back, offering in his right hand, long lotus tipped vertical behind in left hand, TAYK (Tarkondimotos) lower left, ANAZAPBEΩN (downward behind); ; $140.00 (€124.60)
, October 253 - c. June 260 A.D., Tarsos,
"urns" or "crowns" were awarded to winners at ancient Greek games, similar to modern trophies. They are called "crowns" because they may have been placed on the of the . The crowns on this coin and the under the table refer to the Severia Olympia Games celebrated by Tarsos and other cities near the Syrian at a site called "the Quadrigae" where defeated in 194 A.D.
The A M K Γ Γ is a boast of Tarsos: Πρωτη Mεγιστη Kαλλιστη, meaning First (A is the Greek numeral one), Greatest, and Most Beautiful city of the three (adjoining) provinces ( , Isauria, ). The final Γ indicates a third , which was received under Valerian.RP83549. Bronze AE 33, 1185 (same dies), 1820 (same), 262, 6077 var. ( arrangement), -, -, aF, porous, weak center on , a little off-center, 16.511 g, maximum 32.9 mm, 180o, Tarsos (Tarsus, Mersin, Turkey) mint, c. 255 - 260 A.D.; AV KAI ΠOVΛI OVAΛEPIANOC CE, , draped and right, Π - Π flanking at sides; TAPCO-V MHTPOPOLEWC, three prize crowns set on table, CEVHPI OΛV / A∆PIA EKI/XIPIAI / AVΓOVCTI-A / AKTIA , Γ Γ in ; ex ; $140.00 (€124.60)
Korykos, , 1st Century B.C.
Korykos (Corycus) was the for Seleucia, an important harbor and commercial town. The Romans defeated the fleet of Antiochus the Great near Korykos, in 191 B.C. In Roman imperial times emperors usually kept a fleet there to watch over the pirates.
was the messenger of the gods and the god of commerce and thieves. He was the son of Zeus and the nymph Maia. His include the and winged sandals.GB71455. Bronze AE 16, 1099, 800 var. (EΠI/∆H) II p. 462, 1 var. ( , YB/ME), -, -, -, gVF, much nicer than the BnF plate coin, 2.463 g, maximum 16.4 mm, 45o, Korykos (Kizkalesi, Turkey) mint, Roman rule, 1st century B.C.; draped of right, bow and quiver over shoulder, below chin; standing left, holding laurel branch in right, leaning with left arm on column, EΠI over ∆I on left, KΩPYKIΩTΩN downward on right; $135.00 (€120.15)
Soloi, , c. 450 - 386 B.C.
(or Soloi) was a colony of Rhodes, founded c. 700 B.C. southwest of Tarsus, in . It was destroyed in the 1st century B.C., and refounded by as Pompeiopolis (not to be confused with the Pompeiopolis in ).GS74432. Silver tetartemorion, p. 148, 24; -, -, -, -, -, VF, nice , , , slightly grainy, 0.214 g, maximum 6.3 mm, 90o, Soloi mint, c. 450 - 386 B.C.; of right, wearing crested helmet, earring, and necklace; bunch of grapes within linear , all in shallow round ; ; $125.00 (€111.25)
, , Late 1st Century B.C.
, 28 January 198 - 8 April 217 A.D., Tarsus,
Our search of numerous references and auction results found numerous coins with various types struck with the same die. We also found numerous examples with a similar but with a different and the with A∆P MHT. We did not find another example of this variant.RP57158. Bronze tetrassarion, apparently unpublished; -, -, -, -; cf. 1058 (legends) & 1067 (same obv die, different ), aF, 18.919 g, maximum 35.1 mm, 0o, Tarsos (Tarsus, Mersin, Turkey) mint, c. 209 - 217 A.D.; AYT KAI M AYP CEYEPOC ANTΩNEINOC, right, in robes of demiourgos, Π − Π; ANTΩNEINIANH CEYHP A∆PIA, emperor standing left, sacrificing over , wearing , TAPCOY/Λ N , A / M / K left, Γ / B right; 35 mm medallic coin!; extremely variant; $115.00 (€102.35)
Soloi, , c. 100 - 30 B.C.
(or Soloi) was a colony of Rhodes, founded c. 700 B.C. southwest of Tarsus, in . It was destroyed in the 1st century B.C., and refounded by as Pompeiopolis (not to be confused with the Pompeiopolis in ).GB57540. Bronze AE 26, cf. 1197, 872, -, aVF, 9.225 g, maximum 24.1 mm, 0o, Soloi mint, c. 100 - 30 B.C.; with winged in center; ΣOΛEΩN (below), Aphrodite riding bull right, owl before, above left; ; $115.00 (€102.35)
, , Late 1st Century B.C.
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