, 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, 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; extremely ; $400.00 (€352.00)
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 CNG e-auction 250, lot 112; otherwise apparently unpublished; -, SNG Levante-, SNGvA-, -, -, F, , highlighting "desert" , some corrosion, 2.776 g, maximum 15.4 mm, 90o, Hieropolis-Kastabola, mint, 2nd - 1st centuries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 ; $250.00 (€220.00)
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 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 of Zeus to right; ANAZAPBEΩN (downward behind), Zeus seated left, offering wreath in right hand, long vertical behind in left, TAP (Tarkondimotos) lower left; ; $140.00 (€123.20)
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 ; ; $140.00 (€123.20)
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 (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 (€118.80)
, , 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 rev ), aF, 18.919 g, maximum 35.1 mm, 0o, , Tarsus 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; $130.00 (€114.40)
, , Late 1st Century B.C.
GB70786. Bronze AE 22, 3723; 5782; 645; 839; -, gVF, 6.391 g, maximum 23.0 mm, 0o, mint, 1st century B.C.; EP, empty throne of Zeus, turned half right; OΛBEΩN, winged thunderbolt, NI upper right; ; $130.00 (€114.40)
, July 249 - First Half of June 251 A.D., Tarsus,
The AMKΓB is a boast of Tarsos: Πρωτη Mεγιστη Kαλλιστη, First (A is the Greek numeral one), Greatest, and Most Beautiful of the three (adjoining) provinces ( , Isauria, ). With a history going back over 6,000 years, Tarsus has long been an important stop for traders and a focal point of many civilizations. During the Roman Empire, Tarsus was the capital of the province of , the scene of the first meeting between and , and the birthplace of Paul the Apostle.RP72149. Bronze AE 34, 1162 (same dies), -, -, -, -, F, green , corrosion, adjustment marks, 20.274 g, maximum 34.0 mm, 0o, Tarsus, mint, 249 - 251; AY KAI Γ MEΣ KYIN ∆EKIOC TPAIANOC Π Π, , draped and right, from behind; TAPCOY MHTPOΠOΛEΩC, standing facing with legs crossed, left, nude, laurel branch downward in right, leaning with left forearm resting on sitting on a column base, A M K − Γ B in two columns in fields; big 34mm bronze!; very ; $125.00 (€110.00)
Seleukeia Kalykadnos, , 2nd - 1st Century B.C.
The Cilician Seleukia was founded by Seleukos I on the course of river Kalykadnos and soon became an important city, rivaling Tarsos.GB72009. Bronze AE 19, 692 (same die); 923; 7588; p. 130, 11 - 14 var.( ), gVF, light corrosion, spot of encrustation, 4.465 g, maximum 18.7 mm, 0o, Seleukeia Kalykadnos mint, 2nd - 1st century B.C.; laureate of right, ΣA upward behind; ΣEΛEYKEΩN TΩN ΠPOΣ TΩI KAΛYKA∆NΩI, forepart of horse right, AΘH above, AΘH below; ; $125.00 (€110.00)
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