Aigeai, , 31 - 30 B.C.
Aegeai (various spellings, including Aigeae) means place of goats in Greek and was the name of many cities of antiquity. Aigeai, on the north-western of the Gulf of Issos, was the third largest city in . It had a very important temple of Asklepios, which was considered a great privilege and which brought many visitors to the city.SH26663. Silver , 1655, 111, gVF, 14.436 g, maximum 28.8 mm, 0o, Aigeai mint, 31 - 30 B.C.; veiled and turreted head of right; AIΓEAIΩN, standing left holding and spear, at feet, ∆I and club in left , Iς below, in lower right ; $1030.00 (€896.10)
, 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.
with an old round coin ticket probably from 1960's or 1970's that references , Numismatic Chronicle 1940, page 247, 40 (Notes on the Collection. 6, to - Numismatic Chronicle, 5th ser. Vol. 20 (1940), p. 213-254, pls. XII-XIV). We do not hold NC 1940 and cannot verify the reference.SH58900. Bronze hexassarion, 1605 (same dies); -, -, -, -, -, -, 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 131) ς (6 assaria), bare-headed, draped of Aratos right; ex Ancient Numismatic Enterprise; extremely ; $450.00 (€391.50)
Persian Empire, Tarkumuwa (Datames), of & , c. 384 - 360 B.C., Tarsus,
Datames' enemies in Artaxerxes' court accused him, perhaps falsely, of intending to revolt against the Great . Secretly warned, he then did, in fact, revolt, c. 370 B.C. The revolt appeared to be leading to a breakup of the entire western half of the empire into autonomous states. His own son's desertion to Artaxerxes was, however, the beginning of the end, which came when Datames was assassinated, c. 362 B.C.
SH70110. Silver , series 1; issue 4; 248; 264; p. 165, 18; -; -, aVF, spotty , faint , 10.220 g, maximum 19.7 mm, 225o, Tarsos mint, female head facing slightly left, wearing earring and necklace; Aramaic : TRDMW (Datames) on left, bearded and helmeted male head (Ares?) right, wearing crested Athenian helmet, O/T right; ex CNG auction 269, lot 146; $350.00 (€304.50)
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 AE 22, 2003 (same dies); Anazarbos 6, 7; 1363; 5470, 5522, -, VF, 7.068 g, maximum 21.8 mm, 0o, Anazarbus mint, c. 69 - 39 B.C.; laureate head of Zeus to right; ANAZAPBEΩN (downward behind), Zeus seated left, offering wreath in right hand, long vertical behind in left, TAP (Tarkondimotos) lower left; ; $160.00 (€139.20)
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.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 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; $150.00 (€130.50)
, , Late 1st Century B.C.
, , Late 1st Century B.C.
, July 249 - First Half of June 251 A.D., Mallos,
Mallos was an ancient city near the mouth of the Pyramus River (now the Ceyhan Nehri), on a opposite Magarsus, which served as its . The river has changed course and the site is now inland a few km from the Mediterranean coast on an elevation, a few km from Karatas, Adana Province, Turkey. Imperial coins of Mallos are and usually poorly preserved.
Argive Amphilochus was a prominent seer, and founded several oracles, most importantly at Mallus and, with his half-brother Mopsus, the oracle of at Colophon in . According to Herodotus, Amphilochus travelled farther east and founded a Posideion just beyond the mountain-pass "gate" in the Amanus between and .RB71401. Bronze , 1291, 1931 var (obv ), 915, -, -, aF, rough, 27.566 g, maximum 36.4 mm, 180o, Mallos mint, CAI ME CVIN DECIO TRAIANO SE, , draped and right; MALLO COLONNIA, FE-LIX divided by left in , in upper , in center, standing slightly left; with right hand offers a statuette of to , she is on left, facing him; in his left hand holds reigns of yoke of zebus behind him; Amphilochus on far side of yoke crowning emperor; HUGE AE36 !; very ; $140.00 (€121.80)
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.; head of right, wearing crested helmet, earring, and necklace; bunch of grapes within linear , all in shallow round ; ; $140.00 (€121.80)
, July or August 247 - Late 249 A.D., Diocaesarea,
Diocaesarea, was known as until it was renamed during the reign of . According to a told by Strabo ( , 14.5.10), the temple of Zeus Olbius was founded by , one of the Greek heroes of the Trojan War. The city and its surrounding territory was a theocracy, ruled by the hereditary priests of the temple.RP57201. Bronze AE 29, 886, 678, 423, 27, -, gF, 14.238 g, maximum 29.0 mm, 180o, , Diocaesarea mint, as , 244 - 246 A.D.; M IOYΛIOC Φ[IΛIΠΠOYC K CE]B, bare-headed, draped and right; A∆PIA ∆IOKAICAPEΩN MHT (MHT ), KENNATΩ , thunderbolt on throne of Zeus Olbios, lions on arms; ; $135.00 (€117.45)
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