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Home > Catalog > Greek Coins > Geographic - All Periods > Syria > RY86707
Apameia, Seleucis and Pieria, Syria, 10 - 9 B.C.
Apamea is believed to be the Biblical city Shepham (Num. xxxiv. 11). Rome received Apamea with the Pergamene Kingdom in 133 B.C., but sold it to Mithridates V of Pontus, who held it till 120 BC. After the Mithridatic Wars it became a great center for trade, largely carried on by resident Italians and Jews. Pompey razed the fortress and annexed the city to Rome in 64 B.C. Apamea is mentioned in the Talmud (Ber. 62a, Niddah, 30b and Yeb. 115b). By order of Flaccus, nearly 45 kilograms of gold, intended by Jews for the Temple in Jerusalem was confiscated in Apamea in 62 B.C. In the revolt of Syria under Q. Caecilius Bassus, it held out against Julius Caesar for three years until the arrival of Cassius in 46 B.C.Great Colonnade at Apamea
RY86707. Bronze AE 21, De Luynes IV p. 42, 3458; RPC I 4354 (4 spec.); SNG Cop 300 var. ( (MA below); BMC Galatia p. 234, 11 var. (same); HGC 9 -; SNG Mn -; Lindgren -, VF, dark patina with red earthen highlighting, tight flan, reverse off center, Syria, Apameia (Qalaat al-Madiq, Syria) mint, weight 7.784g, maximum diameter 20.9mm, die axis 0o, 10 - 9 B.C.; obverse head of Dionysos right, wreathed in ivy; reverse cornucopia overflowing with fruits and grains, ΓT (year 303) inner left, AΠAMEΩN / THΣ IEPAΣ − KAI AΣYΛOY in three downward lines (first two on left, last on right), ∆-I flanking tip of cornucopia; ex J.S. Wagner Collection; extremely rare; $110.00











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