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Ancient Coins of Thyatira, Antatolia

Thyateira (also Thyatira) is the ancient name of the modern Turkish city of Akhisar ("white castle"). In Revelation, Thyatira is the church that had a false prophetess (Revelation 2:20).


Julia Titi, Augusta, c. 79 - 89 A.D., Thyatira, Lydia

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Thyateira (also Thyatira) is the ancient name of the modern Turkish city of Akhisar ("white castle"). The tripod refers to Apollo, whose worship was important at Thyatira.
RP41607. Bronze AE 16, RPC II 941, F, weight 1.650 g, maximum diameter 15.8 mm, die axis 0o, Thyatira (Akhisar, Turkey) mint, Reign of Titus, 79 - 81 A.D.; obverse IOYΛIA CEBACTH, draped bust of Julia right; reverse ΘYATEIPHNΩN, tripod altar; rare; SOLD


Nero and Poppaea, 62 - 65 A.D., Thyatira, Lydia

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Poppaea was renowned for her beauty and voluptuous extravagance. In 62 A.D., Nero divorced his wife Octavia to marry Poppaea. According to Tacitus, Poppaea married Otho only to get close to Nero and then, in turn, became Nero's favorite mistress, and then wife. She bore Nero one daughter, Claudia Augusta, born 21 January 63, who died at only four months of age. At the birth of Claudia, Nero honored mother and child with the title of Augusta. According to Suetonius, one day in the summer of 65, Poppaea quarreled fiercely with Nero over his spending too much time at the races. She was pregnant with her second child. In a fit of rage, Nero kicked her in the abdomen, killing her.
RP84927. Bronze AE 19, RPC I 2383 (6 spec.); BMC Lydia p. 302, 65; Weber 6932, SNG Cop -; SNGvA -, aVF, dark green patina, a little rough, weight 4.666 g, maximum diameter 18.6 mm, die axis 0o, Thyatira (Akhisar, Turkey) mint, c. 62 A.D.; obverse NERΩN KΛAY∆IOC KAICAP CEBACTOC, laureate head of Nero right; reverse ΠOΠΠAIAN CEBACTHN ΘYATIPHNOI, draped bust of Poppaea right; rare; SOLD


Nero, 13 October 54 - 9 June 68 A.D., Thyatira, Lydia

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There may be slight drapery on the far shoulder, but on all plate coins and examples we found online both shoulders are clearly draped. This portrait also appears to be younger and of a different style than the usual bust of Nero as caesar. This type was also issued later as Augustus with a different inscription and a lightly bearded bust.
RP50379. Bronze AE 18, RPC I 2381 var.; BMC Lydia p. 302, 58 var.; SNG Cop 595 var.; SNGvA 3216 var.; et al. (all draped on both shoulders), VF, weight 2.952 g, maximum diameter 17.5 mm, die axis 0o, Thyatira (Akhisar, Turkey) mint, as caesar, c. 51 - 54 A.D.; obverse NEPΩN KΛAY∆I KAICAP ΓEP, bare-headed, undraped?, bust of young Nero right; reverse ΘYAT−EIΠH/NΩ−N, labrys (double-axe); an apparently unpublished bust variety of a rare type; SOLD







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