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Cilicia

Cilicia extended along the Mediterranean coast east from Pamphylia, to the Amanus Mountains, which separated it from Syria.


Aigeai, Cilicia, 31 - 30 B.C.

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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 shore of the Gulf of Issos, was the third largest city in Cilicia. It had a very important temple of Asklepios, which was considered a great privilege and which brought many visitors to the city.
SH26663. Silver tetradrachm, SNG Levante 1655, Bloesch 111, gVF, weight 14.436 g, maximum diameter 28.8 mm, die axis 0o, Aigeai mint, 31 - 30 B.C.; obverse veiled and turreted head of Tyche right; reverse AIΓEAIΩN, Athena standing left holding Victory and spear, shield at feet, ∆I and club in left field, Iς below, monogram in lower right field; $1030.00 (€896.10)
 


Philip I, the Arab, February 244 - End of September 249 A.D., Soli-Pompeiopolis, Cilicia

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Aratos was a native of Soli. His chief pursuits were medicine, grammar, and philosophy. He studied with Menecrates in Ephesus, Philitas in Cos and Praxiphanes in Athens. About 276 he was invited to the court of the Antigonus II Gonatas, whose victory 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 Soter but returned to Pella where he died sometime before 240 B.C.

Comes with an old round coin ticket probably from Seaby 1960's or 1970's that references Milne, Numismatic Chronicle 1940, page 247, 40 (Notes on the Oxford Collection. 6, Phrygia to Galatia - 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, Lindgren I 1605 (same dies); BMC Lycaonia -, SNG BnF -, SNG Levante -, SNGvA -, SNG Cop -, SNG Pfälzer -, gF, weight 12.323 g, maximum diameter 32.4 mm, die axis 180o, Soli-Pompeiopolis mint, 245 - 246 A.D.; obverse AYT K IOY ΦIΛIΠΠOC EY CEB, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, Π − Π across field; reverse ΠOMΠHIOΠOΛ IAT (year 131) ς (6 assaria), bare-headed, draped bust of Aratos right; ex Ancient Numismatic Enterprise; extremely rare; $450.00 (€391.50)
 


Roman Cilicia (Ninica-Claudiopolis?), Octavian/Augustus, c. 30 - 29 B.C.

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This type was previously attributed to Macedonia and the portrait as Brutus or Caesar. RPC I, supported by find data, attributes it to Cilicia, probably Cilicia Pedias, and identifies the portrait as Octavian/Augustus, and likely immediately post-Actian. Seyrig proposed the coins were struck for Octavian/Augustus for the founding of Colonia Iulia Felix Augusta Ninica, and the epithet could be apply to both Octavian and the colony. VE and TER abbreviate the names of the two duumviri (municipal officers) of the colony.
RP74281. Bronze provincial as, RPC I 4082, aVF, countermark: Fair, weight 11.247 g, maximum diameter 23.9 mm, die axis 0o, Ninica-Claudiopolis(?) mint, c. 30 - 29 B.C.; obverse PRINCEPS FELIX, bare head of Octavian right; countermark: type obscure in oval punch; reverse VE TER COLONIA IVLIA II VIR, Athena standing left, helmeted and draped; very rare; $350.00 (€304.50)
 


Anazarbus, Cilicia, Dynast Tarkondimotos, c. 69 - 39 B.C.

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References loosely date this type 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 king by Marc Antony in 39 B.C. He died at Actium in 31 B.C. After he was made king, he issued a similar type with his portrait on the obverse and his name and title on the reverse. This type was likely struck before he was made king.
GB90422. Bronze AE 22, SNG BnF 2003 (same dies); Ziegler Anazarbos 6, 7; SNG Levante 1363; SNGvA 5470, SGCV II 5522, SNG Cop -, VF, weight 7.068 g, maximum diameter 21.8 mm, die axis 0o, Anazarbus mint, c. 69 - 39 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Zeus to right; reverse ANAZAPBEΩN (downward behind), Zeus seated left, Nike offering wreath in right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left, TAP (Tarkondimotos) monogram lower left; scarce; $160.00 (€139.20)
 


Korykos, Cilicia, 1st Century B.C.

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Korykos (Corycus) was the port 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, SNG BnF 1099, SNG Levante 800 var (EΠI / ∆H) Imhoof-Blumer KM II p. 462, 1 var (monogram & YB / ME), SNG Cop -, SNGvA -, BMC Lycaonia -, gVF, much nicer than the BnF plate coin, weight 2.463 g, maximum diameter 16.4 mm, die axis 45o, Korykos mint, Roman rule, 1st century B.C.; obverse draped bust of Artemis right, bow and quiver over shoulder, monogram below chin; reverse Apollo 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)
 


Olba, Cilicia, Late 1st Century B.C.

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Olba was an ancient city located in present-day southern Turkey. The priests of the city's temple of Zeus (photograph right) were once kings of the country. In Roman times the city became a Roman colony in the province of Isauria.Temple of Zeus at Olba
GB70786. Bronze AE 22, RPC I 3723; SNGvA 5782; SNG Levante 645; SNG BnF 839; SNG Cop -, gVF, weight 6.391 g, maximum diameter 23.0 mm, die axis 0o, Olba mint, 1st century B.C.; obverse EP, empty throne of Zeus, turned half right; reverse OΛBEΩN, winged thunderbolt, NI upper right; rare; $145.00 (€126.15)
 


Soloi, Cilicia, c. 450 - 386 B.C.

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Soli (or Soloi) was a colony of Rhodes, founded c. 700 B.C. southwest of Tarsus, in Cilicia. It was destroyed in the 1st century B.C., and refounded by Pompey the Great as Pompeiopolis (not to be confused with the Pompeiopolis in Paphlagonia).
GS74432. Silver tetartemorion, BMC Lycaonia p. 148, 24; SNG BnF -, SNG Levante -, SNG Cop -, SNGvA -, Klein -, VF, nice style, well centered, toned, slightly grainy, weight 0.214 g, maximum diameter 6.3 mm, die axis 90o, Soloi mint, c. 450 - 386 B.C.; obverse head of Athena right, wearing crested helmet, earring, and necklace; reverse bunch of grapes within linear circle border, all in shallow round incuse; rare; $140.00 (€121.80)
 


Seleukeia Kalykadnos, Cilicia, 2nd - 1st Century B.C.

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The Cilician Seleukia was founded by Seleukos I on the course of river Kalykadnos and soon became an important city, rivalling Tarsos.
GB90308. Bronze AE 18, SNG Levante 697, SNG BnF 925, SNG Cop 205 ff. var (monograms), VF, weight 4.104 g, maximum diameter 18.8 mm, die axis 0o, Seleukeia ad Calycadnum (Silifke, Turkey) mint, 2nd - 1st century B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right, ΣYM upward behind; reverse ΣEΛEYKEΩN TΩN ΠPOΣ TΩI KAΛYKA∆NΩI, forepart of horse right, complex monogram above, PE and M∆H monograms below; ex Frascatius; $135.00 (€117.45)
 


Olba, Cilicia, Late 1st Century B.C.

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Olba was an ancient city located in present-day southern Turkey. The priests of the city's temple of Zeus (photograph right) were once kings of the country. In Roman times the city became a Roman colony in the province of Isauria.Temple of Zeus at Olba
GB72624. Bronze AE 21, RPC I 3723; SNGvA 5782; SNG Levante 645; SNG BnF 839; SNG Cop -, VF, weight 5.014 g, maximum diameter 21.3 mm, die axis 90o, Olba mint, 1st century B.C.; obverse empty throne of Zeus, turned half right, EP left; reverse OΛBEΩN, winged thunderbolt, NI upper right; rare; $135.00 (€117.45)
 


Caracalla, 28 January 198 - 8 April 217 A.D., Tarsus, Cilicia

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Our search of numerous references and auction results found numerous coins with various reverse types struck with the same obverse die. We also found numerous examples with a similar reverse but with a different obverse legend and the reverse legend with A∆P MHT. We did not find another example of this variant.
RP57158. Bronze tetrassarion, apparently unpublished; SNG BnF -, Lindgren -, BMC Lycaonia -, SNGvA -; cf. SNG Levante 1058 (legends) & 1067 (same obv die, different rev type), aF, weight 18.919 g, maximum diameter 35.1 mm, die axis 0o, Cilicia, Tarsus mint, c. 209 - 217 A.D.; obverse AYT KAI M AYP CEYEPOC ANTΩNEINOC, bust right, in robes of demiourgos, Π − Π; reverse ANTΩNEINIANH CEYHP A∆PIA, emperor standing left, sacrificing over altar, wearing toga, TAPCOY/Λ N in ex, A / M / K left, Γ / B right; 35 mm medallic coin!; extremely rare variant; $130.00 (€113.10)
 




  



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