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Perinthus, Thrace

Perinthos an ancient Ionian colony from Samos, was situated between Bisanthe and Selymbria, on the northern shore of the Propontis. It is famous chiefly for its stubborn and successful resistance to Philip II of Macedon in 340 B.C.; at that time it seems to have been more important than Byzantium itself. In Roman times it was called Heraclea Thraciae (or Heraclea Perinthus). Today it is Marmara Ereglisi in the European part of Turkey.


Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D., Perinthus, Thrace

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A neocorate was a rank or dignity granted by the Roman Senate and the Emperor to certain cities which had built temples to the Emperor or had established cults of members of the Imperial family. The city itself was referred to as neokoros (pl. neokoroi). A temple dedicated to the emperor was also called neocorate. Starting in the 2nd century CE, the title appeared on many coins. There were approximately 37 cities holding the neocorate, concentrated in the province of Asia, but also in neighboring provinces. Severus rewarded Perinthus with the title Neokoros for the first time for their support against Pescennius Niger. The city received a second neocorate under Elagabalus.
RP83931. Bronze tetrassarion, CNT_2626, Schönert Perinthos 466, Varbanov III 193 (R5), Moushmov 4524, SNG Cop 741 var. (draped and cuirassed), BMC Thrace -, F, nice portrait, green patina, scratches, small edge crack, central dimples, weight 15.690 g, maximum diameter 31.4 mm, die axis 225o, Heraclea Perinthos (Marmara Ereglisi, Turkey) mint, 196 - 211 A.D.; obverse AY KΛ CEΠ CEYHPOC ΠE, laureate head right; reverse facade of a octastyle temple on double crepidoma with eight Corinthian columns, shield with umbo on pediment and acroteria on roof, ΠE−PIN/ΘI−ΩN flanking across field in two divided lines, NEΩKOPΩC in exergue; $125.00 (€106.25)
 


Perinthos, Thrace, c. 40 - 70 A.D.

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GB68075. Bronze AE 23, Schönert-Geiss Perinthos 88, RPC I 1766, SNG Cop -, BMC Thrace -, Lindgren -, VF, weight 6.352 g, maximum diameter 22.7 mm, die axis 270o, Heraclea Perinthos (Marmara Ereglisi, Turkey) mint, c. 40 - 70 A.D.; obverse bust of Neptune right, trident before; reverse ΠEPIN/ΘIΩN, dolphin right; rare; SOLD


Poppaea Sabina, Wife of Nero, Augusta 63 - 65 A.D., Perinthus, Thrace

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Poppaea was renowned for her beauty and voluptuous extravagance. Nero divorced his first wife Octavia to marry her in 62 A.D. Three years later, in a fit of anger, Nero kicked her in the abdomen. Pregnant, she died from her injuries.

Perinthos, later called Heraclea and Marmara Eregli today, is 90 km west of Istanbul near a small pointed headland on the north shore of the Marmara Sea. Perinthus was the capital of Roman Thracia.
RP83451. Bronze AE 26, Schönert-Geiss Perinthos 259 - 271; RPC I 1756; Varbanov 27 (R4); BMC Thrace p. 149, 15; Moushmov 4424; SGICV 6070, gF, green patina, light scratches and marks, some porosity, weight 9.709 g, maximum diameter 26.0 mm, die axis 320o, Heraclea Perinthos (Marmara Ereglisi, Turkey) mint, 63 - 65 A.D.; obverse ΠOΠΠAIA ΣEBAΣTH, draped bust right, wearing stephane; reverse headdress of Isis, Π - E across field, over a stalk of grain on each side flanking base of crown, all within olive wreath; ex Pecunem auction 30, lot 290; SOLD







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REFERENCES

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Schönert-Geiss, E. Die Münzprägung von Perinthos. (Berlin, 1965).
Sear, D.R. Greek Imperial Coins and Their Values. (London, 1982).
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Denmark, The Royal Collection of Coins and Medals, Danish National Museum, Vol. 2: Macedonia and Thrace. (West Milford, NJ, 1982).
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Deutschland, Münzsammlung Universität Tübingen, Part 2: Taurische Chersones-Korkyra. (Berlin, 1982).
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Grèce 1, Collection Réna H. Evelpidis, Part 1: Italie. Sicile - Thrace. (Athens, 1970).
Youroukova, Y. The Coins of the Ancient Thracians. (Oxford, 1976).
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